Summer lovin'

A lovely gift from my sister. She knows me too well!

Hand picked by yours truly!

Ahhhh....summer. The peak of fresh fruit and vegetables. I love nothing more than hitting up the local farmer's market first thing on a Saturday morning. The lovely lettuce, the tempting tomatoes, the cute carrots.....I could go on and on and on. Knowing my love for all things veg, my sister gifted me with this beauty over the weekend. At first I thought it was a summer squash but then zucchini popped into mind. I sent out a few emails to my produce peeps to see who could ID this bad boy. Either way, it will be cooked into something delicious this week!

I have no problems dumping lots-o-dough at the farmer's market (Support Local!) but I have a tough time forking over the cash for blackberries. Every weekend, I breeze by those berry stands knowing that in a few short weeks I'll be scouring my neighborhood for these tempting treats. Who needs to pay $5 per pint when you can pick them for FREE! We freeze most of them the day they are picked and nothing beats tossing a handful into oatmeal with some walnuts and a splash of almond milk to get your day started. If I can pick enough this year, blackberry jam might be on the menu. Now we're talking.......