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August Already?

August Goodies

Holy smokes the summer is flying by here in Michigan. I can count off the months with each of local foods whose seasons have come and gone: asparagus, raspberry, blueberry, peach, cherry… we are now in the midst of blackberry season and the apples are on as well. I’ve eaten my share of all of the above mentioned items as well as kale, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. The tomatoes are ripening by the dozen everyday. I’ve been doing my best to eat them, give them away and dehydrate them. It’s a bit overwhelming at times. With all of this abundance I don’t have anyone to feed. I was hoping to share all this garden goodness with folks attending the Raw Food Detox retreat here at Camp Rawnora but no one registered… From working at and visiting other raw food retreat centers I know our prices can’t be beat and the natural beauty of the 350 acre facility is second to none. So what’s the problem? Teaching and cheffing are my specialty so maybe it’s the marketing that’s lacking. I’m not sure… Please share your insights while I share a recipe. This is a purple berry blast smoothie that I whipped up when the black raspberries were drooping on the vine in July. Now in August it is black berry season.

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 Cups black raspberries or blackberries
  • 2 T goji berries or goji powder
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 Cup water
  • 5 purple basil leaves
  • 4 drops of stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • orange zest

Set aside some basil leaves and berries for decoration. Place all the remaining ingredients in the blender and blend smooth.

Check out the tomato jungle in the big green house…

Here’s a magical tomato salad I put together with all the goodies from the garden…

My watermelons got a late start this season. I think the coming cool down is going to stop their growth before I can harvest them…

5 thoughts on “August Already?”

  1. Tomato jungle…would love to get lost in one of those!!
    Your salad and smoothie look amazing.
    Having grown up in Michigan I KNOW how delicious Michigan tomatoes are—I have yet to taste one as good.
    Peace & Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

  2. Those photos made me wish I was there. I could just about smell country and the earth.
    Thanks, Elissa

  3. Hi Adam! Everything looks awesome and I believe your chef skills and garden harvesting skills are second to none so as far as the low attendance…well it is a new place so there are many factors…could just take time:) take care!

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