July 2, 2013
5:57 pm

While we unfurl our flags and stock up on fireworks for the upcoming Fourth of July, we’re also busy trying to figure out what to feed the family and hopefully, how to keep it healthy. Fortunately, picnic fare presents plenty of opportunities for healthy, and locally grown, options. Following are a few recipes for in season produce as well as where you can pick it up in time for Thursday’s festivities!

Variations on Corn on the Cob:

Whether you’re boiling, broiling, or grilling your corn on the cob this year, here are a handful of topping variations that will help make that sweet summer corn a cob to remember:

  • butter and grated parmesan
  • herbed butter (butter mixed with a dash of lemon juice and chopped basil, chives, sage, or thyme or all of the above)
  • OldĀ  Bay blended with butter
  • Curry powder blended with butter
  • Garlic butter
  • sour cream and chives
  • lime juice and salt (and a touch of cayenne pepper if you’re feeling spicy!)
  • Guacamole

Tomato Pie

Nothing beats a delicious tomato pie, especially during the peak of tomato season!

  • 2 or 3 Johns Island tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • three sprigs of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • premade pie crust, baked and ready to fill

Preheat oven to 350. Slice the tomatoes and layer half in the bottom of the pie crust. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Blend cheese, mayo, basil, and green onions and put half on top of tomatoes. Add the second half of the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finish with remaining cheese mixture. Bake about 30 minutes and enjoy!

Tomato sandwiches: as God and Dukes intended

In the South we don’t mess around with tomato sandwiches and this is the perfect time of year to enjoy those beautiful, ripe Johns Island tomatoes. The perfect tomato sandwich requires the following ingredients:

  • A fresh Johns Island tomato
  • Dukes Mayonnaise
  • Merita Old Fashioned White Bread
  • salt and pepper

Slather your bread with Dukes, add sliced tomato and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Top with the second slathered slice of bread and you’re set with the perfect southern summer sandwich!

And you can’t go wrong with fresh watermelon! Not only can you use them for a seed spitting contest, you can always play a fun round of “catch the watermelon” in the creek by greasing down the whole watermelon with Crisco and letting the kids try to catch it and bring it to shore.

Where to purchase

You can still get local produce during the week and before the Fourth at the following locations:

  • Earth Fare in the South Windermere shopping center
  • Rosebank Farms, just before the Kiawah/Seabrook roundabout on Johns Island
  • Blackbird Market, at the corner of Main and Maybank on Johns Island
  • Stono Market/Tomato Shed Cafe on Main Road, Johns Island
  • Legare Farms, River Road on Johns Island

What are some of your favorite Fourth of July recipes?