Wednesday, June 23rd: Chef Dustin Ronspies, Apriums, Raspberries, Cucumbers, Fava Beans, Sunburst Squash & Warm Sunshine!!!

It is summer... finally. Both in calendar and in forecast. Yeah, I know. We have yet to hit 75 degrees this year, but the fact is, this could be the day! Come celebrate with some deliciousness at your Wallingford Farmers Market, and enjoy a cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. with Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table, too. Dustin always throws down the deliciousness and the great, simple ideas. Oh, and ACMA Mission Orchards and Collins Family Orchards both return today with cherries and such.

No sooner than strawberry and cherry season begins this year, and it is already raspberry season, too! And anyone who has ever tasted one of Alm Hill's raspberries knows that they grow some of the best. Swing by Alm Hill, say 'hi' to Jason, and try one. Then buy a whole flat. (You'll want some strawberries, too, while you're at it...)

And it's cucumber season now, too! Alvarez has 'em. (Actually, so does Alm Hill.) You'll find English and slicing cukes today. And Alvarez has fava beans now, also. Ah, summer. How we missed you so.

Tiny's has apriums. What are apriums, you ask? Apriums are a hybrid fruit that is about 75% apricot and 25% plum genetically.  As such, it favors the apricot in flavor and appearance, but it is still unique unto itself. Now, many folks seem to be more familiar with pluots than apriums, and as such often wonder if they are one in the same. They are not. Pluots favor the plum genetically -- 75% plum to 25% apricot. But perhaps what is most exciting about this good, old fashioned creation of new fruit via hybridization -- the natural form of genetic engineering used for millennia -- is that it gives us some many new, delicious stone fruits to enjoy!

And how about some lovely summer squash, like sunburst or zucchini, from Full Circle Farm. This little beauties are perfect grilled, roasted, sliced and sauteed, or even added to salads, pastas and risottos, and if they don't convince you it is truly summer, nothing will!

As always, there is still plenty of other stuff just waiting for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market this week. For a full accounting of what you will find, click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.