June in Utah makes me think of the sounds of rushing streams out the window as we drive up the canyon for a hike, picnics over our large checkered blanket in the park, and taking the first taste of seasonal produce that sprouts from the Utah dirt. June brings arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, kale, leeks, a variety of lettuce, onions, ramps and swiss chard.
Buying local food makes sense for a number of reasons: it helps local farmers thrive and, given that the average estimate of how far food travels before it arrives on your plate ranges from 1,200 to 2,500 miles, it greatly reduces energy consumption. Purchasing locally grown food also allows you to enjoy food at the peak of freshness. Thanks to the proliferation of local Farmers’ Markets across the country, it’s relatively easy to shop for local food.
Every month I’ll be posting a new image for you to use, if you wish, as your desktop image that also lists the seasonal produce for Utah during that month. Transferring the image to your desktop is just two easy steps:
Step 1 Click on June Wallpaper Image on right side bar, this will open the image in a new window on your screen
Step 2 Once image loads on a new page, right click (or ctrl-click) image and select ‘use image as desktop picture’
Step 3 If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.
I hope this encourages you to eat seasonally and locally! (I’m speaking to myself as well.)
Here are some recipes using the seasonal ingredients for June from local bloggers.