fruit

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Stone fruit is on the rise at your local market, and the variety is endless! Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries are just the tip of the iceberg; what about mirabelle plums, pluots, apriplums, donut peaches…? It seems as though every farmer has their own delicious version of these fantastic fruits, and we’re excited to try them all in sweet and savory dishes… hold the meat, it’s Meatless Monday!

cherries

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Start everything off with our fourth of July cherry, cheese and greens salad. Cherries go perfectly with tiny bocconcini mozzarella balls. This salad will be perfect on the 4th, but there’s no reason you can’t make it for as long as cherries are gracing your farmers market. Consider changing up the cherries and using yellow or black cherries — or a combination — for even more color.

quinoa curry

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This vegan curry peach quinoa is truly unique. It combines peaches, cashews, curry and quinoa for a dish that’s both sweet and spicy and, best of all, good for you! The amount of jalapeño you choose to use can be varied: use the whole pepper for an extra kick, or just a little bit if you’re planning on serving the dish to kids or people with sensitive tastebuds.

peach pesto pasta

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Combine sweet peaches and apricots with savory pesto for a pasta dish that’s not only vegetarian; it’s gluten-free! Our peach, apricot and pesto pasta is a positively delicious way to use local produce, particularly once it’s become too soft to eat out of hand.

donut peach

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And let’s not forget dessert! While plain fruit is a delicious way to go, for a special Monday night sweet finish, try these donut peach donuts. The whole peach is battered in beer batter — similar to a fritter — and deep-fried for a delicious, beignet-style treat.