It’s really the best time of year to eat local fruits and vegetables.
Strawberry season is at its end. Blueberry and sweet corn seasons are about to begin. Sweet Corn Charlie’s has sweet corn available and other producers will soon.
Tomatoes, lettuce, green beans and zucchini are coming out of gardens and farm patches and in a bit longer, they’ll be so plentiful we’ll wonder what to do with them all.
If you don’t have a garden, it’s pretty easy to find a market. Goshen Farmers Market, Bullard’s and Kercher’s are all open, but so are a bunch of roadside stands.
And, if you want a subscription, you can still get one.
Tori Fater, one of our excellent summer interns at The Elkhart Truth, did a story on Flavor574.com that indicated you can still sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture share at a variety of places. We’ve started getting some of Steve Kruse’s baskets from Kruse Farm Supply delivered to The Elkhart Truth, and it’s glorious to await a basket of fresh vegetables and then figure out what to do with it. A growing number of farms are having CSAs to feed customers directly and regularly.
If you have a favorite recipe for kale, swiss chard, beets or any summer vegetable, we’d love to see it and share it with our readers.
• People keep asking if I’m done eating burgers.
I hope the answer to that is never, but Northern Indiana Burger Wars is continuing and I’m watching with great interest to see how it turns out.
The Stella Moo from Flippin’ Cow made it through to the semifinals last Monday by defeating the House Burger from The Franklin House, Valparaiso. The burger from the Elkhart restaurant along Simonton Lake is up against burger from Riegling’s Copper Top in Wolcottville. Voting ends Monday, June 30, in that and the winner will take on the burger from either The View in South Bend or Lakehouse Grille in Culver. The winner will be named Monday, July 7.
You can still vote online. More than 20,000 votes were cast in the round of eight, according to organizers.
• Rick Hutchinson was in town recently did a number of events. The winemaker at Amphora Winery in Sonoma County, Calif., is talented and knowledgeable, but he’s also a lot of fun. He was at events at Cafe Navarre, Corndance Tavern and Antonio’s Italian Ristorante.
I heard great things about Chef Eamonn McParland’s menu at Cafe Navarre and enjoyed what Paul Cataldo, along with his family and staff, put forward at Antonio’s.
Rick loves coming to Indiana and visiting him in 2012 with the Dining A La King trip was a blast. It’s great to see friends from afar in the food and beverage business come around and continue to share their passion and products. You can read more about the Antonio’s meal and see more photos at Flavor574.com.
• South Bend Summer Restaurant Week is underway through July 6. Fifteen restaurants are offering specials, according to a story by Rachel Terlep. You can get two meals for $33 or a multi-course meal for $33, depending on the restaurant. Restaurants include LaSalle Grill, Cafe Navarre, Siam Thai and Fiddler’s Hearth.
Some proceeds go to Memorial Childrens Hospital of South Bend.
• Rocky River Tap & Table, 1032 E. University Drive, Granger, will open Wednesday, July 2, in Granger. Kurt Janowsky’s new farm-to-table restaurant is nearly ready, he said. He’s excited about the staff he’s hired and is ready to get going.
Changes are evident at Artisan, 505 S. Main St., Elkhart, but it’ll be a bit longer until that opens. A new facade is being put on the front of the building.
• Mark your calendars: More details will come soon, but this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair will have several pop-up restaurants. Zach Lucchese, chef at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, will serve food in the Young McDonald’s Farm area from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22. Paul Cataldo of Antonio’s will do so from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Flavor574 is a sponsor of the pop-ups and I’ll be there to help as a host on July 22 and 23.
• In the coming weeks, I’ll write about my pet hamburger and about wiking — biking to wineries. As always, thanks for reading Dining A La King and our cool new food thing called Flavor574. Editor Gwen Ragno and a bunch of us working to tell the stories of food and those who make it in northern Indiana. It’s a blast to get to do that. It wouldn’t be possible without faithful readers.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, email@example.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.