20 recipes featuring favorite June produce

It’s June, or the season where we flit from one display of fresh new produce to the next like a bumblebee in a field of clover. It can hardly be helped. Each proud arrangement of soldier-like asparagus or blushing round radishes is a beautiful thing and must be admired – at least until we spy the baskets filled with the first local strawberries, that is.

With the absolute deluge of rain we’ve been having, it’s been hard to get into summer. We haven’t had that first real heat wave that stops you in your tracks with its humidity and prompts an immediate trip to the refrigerator for a cool drink. It is only when I make it out to my local market and see the seasonal produce speeding ahead toward mid-summer that I realize, oh, right. We’re halfway through June.

Then I buzz from stall to stall, loading up on sweet cherry tomatoes, firm melons, heaps of greens and more. With our lack of sun, my garden is suffering something fierce, so for now, I’m stockpiling at the marché.

toast & strawberry honey  jam

(Pictured: strawberry honey jam)

While I worry about missing out on the best offerings of the season, my greater fear is that I’ll get stuck in a rut, preparing the same old recipes and dishes that I do every year. Familiar food is comforting and easy, but it also prevents you from discovering new favorites and from expanding your repertoire.

If you’ve never had the satisfaction of scooping your own berry granita or sinking a spoon into a bowl of velvety cream of asparagus soup, then this should be the year. Have you tried a rhubarb cream pie? Or infused a batch of strawberry vinegar? Just two more suggestions for using up your produce in a unique, new-to-you way.

Below you’ll find many more ideas, specifically for strawberries, rhubarb and asparagus, all of which are in their prime right now where I live. Get ready to hit the kitchen!



Bundle of Rhubarb


Asparagus Galette


Do you have a favorite recipe featuring a spring fruit or vegetable?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I made your one pan bacon, egg and asparagus breakfast. Yummmm! Wishing now asparagus was in season all year.

  2. I got the first batch of local strawberries at our farmers market last week and they were delicious. After eating most of them out of the containers, we added some fresh ones to a frozen strawberry lemonade dessert. Yummy way to finish off the day.

  3. Great summer recipes, Aimee!

  4. Mmmm! These all sound incredible!

  5. La Torontoise says

    Aimee, thank you for these recipes! I’m in Europe and it’s the asparagus season right now; love both green and white varieties. My hit is the shaved green asparagus salad of Smitten Kitchen:


    The galette is a very French experience and I do in on a weekly basis:-)

    And the whites are so tasty just on their own, just steemed plus sauce holandaise.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. I can’t wait to find some local strawberries for making your jam recipe!

    My favorite spring recipe is one with asparagus, crab, and avocado. You can see it here: http://swirlsandspice.com/2013/04/22/crab-and-asparagus-salad-with-avocado/

  7. So much deliciousness! I’m going to be sad when spring/early summer fruits are gone.

  8. Swooning over all those yummy strawberry recipes! YUM!

  9. Loving all the fresh produce! 🙂

  10. I made your rhubarb upside down cake for Father’s Day and it was absolutely fantastic! Everyone agreed that it was a keeper. Thank you for sharing it. It’s such a pleasure to read your blog and follow along with your seasonal experiences (we also live near Montreal, so it’s nice to read about your gardening and seasonal produce experiences which are the same as ours). Wonderful blog, definately one of my favorites which I look forward to reading everyday. Merci!

  11. Oh wow, these are incredible! I love fresh summer produce 🙂

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