I’ve been dyeing, entertaining, gardening  . .  blogging, not so much. Part of the routine this summer is going to the Lake City Farmer’s Market  to get fabulous local and regional veggies, fruits, cheeses, and even meat and seafood.

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A recent haul included radishes, bell peppers, tomatoes, yellow carrots, apricots, snap peas, arugula, rapini, chard, garlic, and the wonderful Seastack cheese by Mt. Townsend Creamery. The package of pork chops was thawing in the fridge, and the next night we enjoyed a completely regional dinner:  Pork sauteed with raspberries and rosemary from the garden, salad with arugula, potatoes, and wine from the Columbia River appellation.  The wine traveled the farthest, about 150 miles. It was all so good!

The tomato vendors often have a bin of “seconds” — tomatoes that are just on the edge of being overripe, or scarred in some way.  Perfectly good, and cheaper!  I got a couple of pounds of them, sliced them at the equator, then grated them into a bowl.

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The skin remains behind, and all the good juicy pulp goes into the bowl, then is packaged into freezer boxes.

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Summer in a box, ready to pull out and cook into sauce, soup, or whatever, this winter.