Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What's In Season ~ March

Pacific Northwest 





I am trying to be patient waiting for a little more sunshine and a little less rain. Being a Californian girl, in Washington State, I am a somewhat spoiled to a bit more sunshine -- but daily, I am awe-struck by the sight of so much natural beauty all around me and obviously, the rain and snow create this beauty. Also, I have absolutely fallen head-over-heels -- for lovely, fast-growing, not so sleepy Seattle. I am eagerly exploring every street, daily.

A great find,  PCC Natural Markets. It is a member-owned cooperative but everyone is welcome to shop there. They have amazing fresh, local and organic produce, quality meats, sustainable seafood and much, much more. There are ten Seattle-area locations. I absolutely love this store and joined to support local farmers and also to receive monthly discounts as well as member discounts, every time I shop there. 

The Purple Sprouting Broccolini {seen above} I found at PCC Markets - local, seasonal and super delicious. Yay! Perfect for Meatless Monday. My family gobbles this up - even my picky veggie eater (who shall remain nameless). ;)

Learning to navigate the seasonal, local food scene here has been challenging and a blast. This last weekend I also shopped for various seasonal produce at the Farmers Market in Capital Hill, Seattle.  Open Sundays -- year round -- 11-3 p.m. -- Broadway Ave E and Pine.



Garlic Scapes

I am currently on the hunt for these -- and if you grow your own garlic or have a good farmer’s market, give them a try.


They are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of garlic plants. If left unharvested, they will eventually bloom but if harvested before they flower, the plant sends all its energy into producing wonderfully flavorful bulbs. They taste a bit like chives or scallions, but with garlic flavor that’s milder and softer. Delicious!

Grilled Scapes

4 small bunches of garlic scapes
1 tablespoon olive oil
a few heavy pinches of quality sea salt
plenty of coarse ground pepper
Heat your grill to a medium to low flame.
Wash and dry your scapes. Break off the harder ends {as you would like asparagus} and leave whole.
Massage the scape with oil and sprinkle it with sea salt and pepper. Toss them onto the grill and brown both sides, remove them when they’re soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, a lighter shade of green and golden brown in parts.
or... 

Garlic Scape Pesto 

{toss into pasta, spread onto sandwiches or bruschetta or dipped with grilled vegetables}
1 cup garlic scapes (8 or 9 scapes), top flowery part removed, cut into 14-inch slices

13 cup walnuts

34cup olive oil

1to 12 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

12 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Ground black pepper
1. Place the scapes and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and whiz until well combined and somewhat smooth. Slowly drizzle in the oil and process until integrated.
2. With a rubber spatula, scoop the pesto out of the bowl and into a mixing bowl. Add Parmigiano- Reggiano and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Keeps for up to one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Also freezes well; add the cheese after the pesto has thawed.
Makes about 34 cup.



Seasonal Local Produce
























• rhubarb
• turnips
• spring onions
• purple sprouting broccolini 
• kale greens
• parsnips
• greens (various)
• brussels sprouts
• beets
• celery root
• leeks
• potatoes
• salad mix 
• rapini
• squash (acorn, butternut)
• carrots
• mushrooms
• spring onions
• nettles
• garlic (and garlic scapes)
• herbs (mint, oregano, rosemary, sage)












• lungwort blossom
• rosemary blossoms
• salmonberry blossoms



All photos copyrighted to barefoot in the orchard 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hello World ~ Happy 2016!!


It's been difficult getting back to writing my blog. There are all the obvious reasons but more than anything -- I am just out of the groove of just sitting down at my desk and writing.

I have been working on some interesting freelance projects -- location scouting (traveling around, observing and talking to people -- in other words fun and exploration) and this has made me much more on-the-go than ever before. It has also given me the opportunity to indulge in my photography -- so no complaints here. This has been a sometimes stressful but very happy year/chapter in our lives, as we re-think our place in this lovely, crazy world.

My parents have also followed us North and I have been caring for my father part time, who has Lewy Body Dementia. My mother,  just cannot be expected to do this daily work alone. Also, we would like to keep him with us, comfortable and happy for as long as possible.

So, what have we been up to this past year... everything!
xoxo's ;)


 Photos copyrighted to Sabina DeShazo and barefoot in the orchard

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July, What's In Season ~ Northern Washington State






















Here it is July already and I haven't sat down to write a post for barefoot in the orchard since February. I truly underestimated how busy I would be and honestly, how much time I would be spending just learning how to get from here to there. It was such a big move for us. New schools, new jobs, new home, new everything. But I am not complaining... not one bit. :)

I've discovered many wonderful farmers markets and local produce stores in and around the Seattle area. This beautiful state has rugged snow capped mountain ranges in every direction, miles and miles of farmland, waterways around every bend and of course, a few volcanoes. I absolutely love living in a temperate rain forest - but truth be told there has been a lingering heatwave as of late and it has felt like I never left California. ;) 

Waiting for the lovely moderate temps to return.



Washington State ~ Fruits and Vegetables













Vegetables


•artichokes

•asparagus

•beets

•broccoli

•cabbage

•carrots

•cauliflower

•corn

•cucumbers

•fennel

•greens

•kohlrabi

•leeks

•lettuce

•onions

•peas

•okra

•potatoes

•radishes

•romanesco


Fruits


•blueberries

•marionberries

•boysenberries

•kotata berries

•raspberries

•currants

•cherries

•rhubarb

•apricots

•peaches

•apples

•pears


Note: Above photos copyrighted to Sabina DeShazo and barefoot in the orchard.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February, What's In Season ~ Hello, Washington Pacific Northwest



Yay, I am so happy -- this is my first post on, "What's In Season," from my new home just outside Seattle in the PNW/Pacific Northwest!
What is the PNW? By some definitions it is a region of political boundaries, waterways or landforms. Some say it includes northern California, Alaska, western Canada, western Idaho and even Montana. Still others say it is just Oregon and Washington. The definition seems to shift around. I only know that I now definitely live in the Pacific Northwest. :)

First. I want to say that Seattle is an unbelievably beautiful city. I have been busy scoping out all the cool Cafés and Farmers Markets. We are currently living 15 minutes from downtown Seattle, so trips over to the city are almost a daily occurrence. We have also been touring nearby towns (Edmonds is my fav so far) as we learn to navigate this corner of the world. 

This has been a big move for us and hard on all the family and friends we left back in Northern California -- but has also been filled with many wonderful surprises. It has felt a bit like being a pioneer, packing up everything we own into a covered wagon (in reality a PODS container - lol)  and moving off to a place sight unseen (except by internet). We arrived here just a few days before Christmas and rung in the New Year at the Space Needle instead of the Golden Gate Bridge. We are finally unpacked, settled in and looking forward to as many new adventures as the days will hold.

Happy Seasonal/Local Shopping!



Washington State ~ Fruits and Vegetables


Vegetables


•beets
•belgian endive
•broccoli
•broccoli raabe/rapini
brussels sprouts
•cabbage
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery root
•curly endive
•escarole
•horseradish
•jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•onions
•potatoes
•radicchio
•radish
•rutabaga
•shallots
•sweet potatoes
•treviso
•turnips
•winter squash
Fruits


•clementines
•grapefruit
•kumquats
•lemons and meyer lemons
•mandarins
•oranges
•pears
•pommelos
•satsumas
•tangerines

Monday, December 1, 2014

What's In Season - December

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Happy Holidays!! Wherever you are located - try to find something fresh and locally grown to add to your holiday food menu and don't forget to support your local businesses when buying gifts this year!!
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Some Good Info:
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Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality.
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Northern California
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Vegetables
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•artichokes
•asian greens
•avocados
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•burdock
•cabbage
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celeriac
•celery
•chard
•collards
•cress
•endive
•fennel
•garlic
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•onions
•parsnips
•peppers, bell
•peppers, chili
•potatoes
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rutabaga
•salsify
•scallions
•spinach
•squash, winter
•sunchokes
•sweet potatoes
•turnips
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Fruits and Nuts
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•avocados
•chestnuts
•dates
•dried fruit
•grapefruit
•grapes
•guavas
•kiwi
•kumquats
•lemons
•limes
•mandarins
•oranges
•pears
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•pomelos
•tangerines
•walnuts
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

What's In Season, Northern California ~ November

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November - Check out your local farmers market or any grocery store that supports local farming -- who knows what interesting/delicious things you might find.
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The following is a rough list of what I might find here in California. Eating seasonally means enjoying the ripest and freshest food at the height of its natural harvest time. It means supporting local farmers who transport their goods the shortest distance to your plate. It also means experimenting with interesting foods you might not otherwise consider adding to a meal!   

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Fruit
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•apples
•carambola
•cherimoyas
•citrus:
grapefruits
lemons
tangelos/tangerines
valencia oranges
•figs
•grapes
•guava
•pineapple
•kiwi
•green passion fruit
•peaches
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•quinces
•raspberries
•rosehips
•sapote

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•artichokes
•asparagus
•basil
•beans, green
•beets
•broccoli
•brussels sprout
•cabbage
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•chili pepper
•collards
•corn
•cucumber
•eggplant
•greens:
chicory
chard
kale
spinach
arugula
fava
•kohlrabi
•lettuce
•mushrooms
•mustard
•okra
•onion
•peas, black-eyed
•peppers
•potatoes
•squash, summer squash
•winter tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
•yams
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's In Season - October

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October ~ Northern California
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Fruit

•apples
•avocados
•citrus: grapefruits, lemons, tangelos, tangerines, valencia oranges
•grapes
•guava
•pineapple
•kiwi
•green passion fruit
•peaches
•pears, asian
•peas, black-eyed
•peppers
•persimmons
•pomegranates
•raspberries
sapote
•strawberries
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Vegetables
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•asparagus
•basil
•beans, green
•beets
•broccoli
brussels sprout
•cabbage
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
cherimoyas
•chili pepper
•collards
•corn
•cucumber
•eggplant
•kale
•kohlrabi
•lettuce
•mushroom
•mustard
•okra
•onion, dry onion
•potatoes
•spinach
•squash, summer
•squash,winter
tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
•yams
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Why buy local? LOCALLY GROWN FOOD TASTES BETTER!!
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Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

What's In Season - September & Northward Bound

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Northern California (soon to be beautiful Seattle, Washington)

Packing and getting things ready for our move to Seattle. Exhausted but happy!! With autumn (my favorite season) just around the corner I am enjoying all the wonderful bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. I hope all my favorite bloggy friends are well and happy!! 
P.S. More about the move soon. 
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Fruit and Nuts
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•almonds
•apples
•asian pears
•avocado
•blackberries
•dates
•figs
•grapefruit
•grapes
•guava
•jujubes
•lemons
•melons
•nectarines
•oranges
•peaches
•pears
•persimmons
•pistachios
•plums
•pluots
•pomegranates
•quince
•raspberries
•rhubarb
•strawberries
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
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Vegetables
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•artichoke
•arugula
•asian beans
•avocado
•basil
•beans
•beets
•boy choy
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•burdock
•cabbage
•cactus pads
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•collards
•corn
•cress cucumbers
•eggplant
•fennel
•garlic
•horseradish
•kale
•leeks
•lettuce
•mushrooms
•mustard
•okra
•olives
•onions
•peas
•peppers
•potatoes
•purslane
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rhubarb
•rutabaga
•salsify
•scallions
•shallots
•spinach
•squash, summer
•sunchokes
•sweet Potatoes
•tomatillos
•tomatoes
•turnips
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)
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Friday, August 1, 2014

What's In Season - August

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August (Northern California)
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Local seasonal foods are tastier, fresher and more nutritious. Why? It’s because the produce has been harvested in the last few days and has only traveled a short distance to market. This means less packaging, processing and refrigeration. All good for the environment and your health.
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Vegetables
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•arugula
•basil
•beans
•beets
•corn
•cucumbers
•eggplant
•fennel
•okra
•peppers
•sorrel
•summer squash
•tomatoes
•carrots
•potatoes
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•dates
•figs
•grapes
•mangoes
•melons
•nectarines
•apples
•apricots
•blueberries
•peaches
•plums
•raspberries
•watermelon
•Valencia oranges
•avocados
•boysenberries
•blackberries
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's In Season - July {Northern California}

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July - Northern California
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P.S. Check out Epicurious' Peak Season Map to find out "what's in season" in your area!
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Vegetables
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• basil
• beans, green
• corn
• cucumber
• garlic
• eggplant
• okra
• greens: kale
• lettuces
• onions, red
• onions, sweet
• peppers, sweet/bell
• potatoes
• squash, summer
• tomatoes
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• berries
• currants
• gooseberries
• cherries
• figs
• grapes
• limes
• melons
• nectarines
• oranges
• peaches
• pears
• pineapple
• plums
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)
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