Spring's Bounty: What to Buy and Cook in September

Spring's Bounty: What to Buy and Cook in September

Spring has sprung, and with it comes an exciting burst of vibrant, locally-sourced produce that will make your taste buds dance with joy! At Gertrude Grocer Fitzroy and Kensington, we're thrilled to share the bounty of the season with our cherished local community.

As we usher in September, let's dive into the delectable delights that await you and explore some delightful tips, recipes, and meal ideas to make the most of spring's harvest.

1. The Arrival of Asparagus:

One of the first signs of spring's arrival is the tender, green spears of asparagus. These gems are versatile and add a touch of elegance to any meal. Try them grilled with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon zest, and a sprinkle of Parmesan for a simple yet delicious side dish. Or toss them into a creamy risotto for a luxurious treat.

2. The Glory of Green Peas:

Fresh green peas are a true delight in spring. Their sweet, crisp texture can improve elevate salads, pasta dishes, and risottos. Consider a refreshing pea and mint soup, or a vibrant spring pea and ricotta tart as a centrepiece for your next brunch.

3. The Zest of Zucchinis:

Zucchinis start appearing in abundance, and they're a versatile ingredient for countless dishes. Spiralize them for a healthy zucchini noodle salad, or stuff them with a mix of grains and herbs for a satisfying entrée. They also work wonderfully in frittatas and vegetable stir-fries.

4. The Fragrance of Fresh Herbs:

Fresh herbs like basil, mint, and chives are at their aromatic best in spring. Whip up a batch of pesto with your favourite herbs and toss it with pasta or drizzle it over grilled vegetables. Mint adds a refreshing twist to salads, and chives elevate scrambled eggs to a whole new level.

5. The Sweetness of Strawberries:

As spring unfolds, local strawberries hit their peak of sweetness. Enjoy them fresh in salads or as a topping for yogurt and granola. And of course, who can resist the allure of a classic strawberry shortcake or a luscious strawberry-rhubarb pie?

6. Flowers for Your Table:

Don't forget to add a touch of beauty to your home with fresh flowers. Spring blooms such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are perfect for creating vibrant centrepieces that celebrate the season's colours.

Sustainability Spotlight: Supporting Local Producers

We take pride in our commitment to sustainability and supporting local producers. Many of the fruits, vegetables, and flowers you find on our shelves come from nearby farms and growers who share our passion for quality and environmental responsibility. By choosing locally-sourced produce, you not only savour the flavours of the season but also contribute to a more sustainable food ecosystem.

Seasonal Meal Ideas:

  1. Spring Salad Delight: Combine fresh greens, asparagus, peas, and mint. Drizzle with a zesty lemon vinaigrette and top with crumbled feta for a refreshing salad.

  2. Zucchini Blossom Pasta: Toss al dente pasta with sautéed zucchini, garlic, and chili flakes. Finish with grated Parmesan and delicate zucchini blossoms.

  3. Strawberry and Spinach Smoothie: Blend ripe strawberries, spinach, yogurt, and a touch of honey for a nutritious and delicious breakfast or snack.

  4. Herb-Crusted Barramundi: Coat barramundi fillets with a mix of fresh herbs, breadcrumbs, and lemon zest. Bake until golden for a flavourful main dish.

As September unfolds, we invite you to explore the abundance of spring's bounty with us. Together, let's celebrate the flavours, colours, and sustainability of this beautiful season.

Stay tuned for more seasonal delights, and remember, supporting local producers is not just a choice; it's a celebration of community and a commitment to a greener, healthier future. Happy spring!

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