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Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack

A focus our family has this summer is getting to know where our foods come from. I am pleased to be working with California Giant that has supplied us with an amazing amount of strawberries to enjoy and is a company that stands behind their message and their farmers. I’m also excited to share with you my strawberry salsa summer snack recipe for your summer snacking.

Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack recipe and how California Giant is providing our "farm to table" mission this summer. A perfect way to cool down and eat well.

After attending Food Wine Conference this year, I was blown away by how small of the US population are farmers (2%), but what an impact they are. I’ll never forget the quote:

We are not using land from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children…

That is something critical to think on. California Giant is proud to be among the 97% of US farms owned by families. Their mission stands right with what I heard at Food Wine Conference.

 We believe that “giving back” isn’t just about philanthropy. To us, it’s about protecting the land in which we grow our berries so that we will continue to have viable farming in our communities for generations to come. It’s about caring for people, both within our company and our communities. Here are several ways that we practice Earth-friendliness….

These are the people we want to be purchasing our foods from. These are the people we want to support because they want to support us. Farms have sadly dwindled over the past several decades, but the hope and the mission are still pressing onward. Grow your foods in a home garden, buy from local farmers. “Farm to table” is important because it provides nutrition in our homes that are trusted, and provides suitability for our future.

And families out there? I get it. Trying to find local areas that sell produce from family-owned farms isn’t always easy. California Giant makes this easier by providing a “Where to Buy” link on their webpage. Here in Washington, you can find California Giant in Costco and Kroger stores. Plus using the iBotta app, you can also find a coupon for your next California Giant purchase. Strawberries with a mission aren’t so far away anymore here in the Pacific Northwest.

How You Can Summer Snack and More

Now that we’ve got the strawberries home and on the table, how can we use them for better snacking this summer? Be sure to buy your strawberries at peak season for the best flavor. Usually April through June. You can purchase a bulk amount and freeze them too; for use throughout the year. Strawberries are perfect for jams, desserts, and even salsa; which I’m going to share with you here in a minute.

Need a fun way to show your kids where their food comes from? With California Giant, you can enter the trackback code from your recyclable berry container on their website and virtually visit the farm where those berries were grown. How cool is that?!

Let’s get busy with a strawberry salsa summer snack!

Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack Recipe

Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack recipe and how California Giant is providing our "farm to table" mission this summer. A perfect way to cool down and eat well.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped California Giant strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped lemon thyme
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp blackberry honey

Recipe:

  1. Mix strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemon thyme, basil, and salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Mix until all ingredients coat the strawberries.
  3. Add the blackberry honey to the mixture and coat.
  4. Serve with fresh tortilla chips for the perfect summer snack.
  5. Can be stored in the refrigerator for about five days.

Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack recipe and how California Giant is providing our "farm to table" mission this summer. A perfect way to cool down and eat well.

 

Thank you again to California Giant for proving us with such wonderful strawberries, and ways to share how Washington readers and beyond can share in the “farm to table” joy.

For more great whole-foods recipes, check out my Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Strawberry salsa summer snack recipe and how California Giant is providing our "farm to table" mission this summer.
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Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack

Strawberry Salsa Summer Snack recipe for your summer snacking. A fresh, whole foods option to help keep cool this summer. 

Author: Krystal Chiarolla
Ingredients
  • 4 cups  chopped California Giant strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped lemon thyme
  • 1 tbsp  freshly chopped basil
  • pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp blackberry honey
Instructions
  1. Mix strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemon thyme, basil and salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Mix until all ingredients coat the strawberries.
  3. Add the blackberry honey to the mixture and coat.
  4. Serve with fresh tortilla chips for the perfect summer snack.
  5. Can be stored in the refrigerator for about five days.

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