Don’t forget squash blossoms

Normally I like to banter on about how wonderful our farmers and our Farmers Market are. Anyone at last week’s Zucchini Festival would know that I do not exaggerate. But in all the fun a mayhem last week, I saw one character deserving of attention who was fairly ignored.

The zucchini blossom.

This is the time of the year when we have a relative abundance of squash blossoms in general. I can’t believe that I still can find them for sale late in the day; those delicacies should have been gone 10 minutes after the ring of the bell.

If you haven’t had them before, you may not realize what you are missing. Even though they look like delicate little flowers, they are the easiest, quickest, healthiest replacement for ravioli I’ve ever known. Stuff these guys with cheese and spices and then bake ‘em, steam ‘em, boil ‘em or fry them.

Part of the fun of local food is the adventure of trying something new. We’re diversifying our economy and our taste bud experiences. It can make you feel so regal and fancy to serve up something like squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta, apple and honey, lightly seared in a hot pan, alongside your nicest main dish.

But if you are like me, there are times (we won’t talk about how often) when I buy something with great intentions but don’t get organized enough to use it when I thought I would. Remember: there are always options.

In this case, you don’t need to throw out the blossoms because you forgot to buy ricotta. Just fry them by themselves. Or eat them plain in a salad. Or if you are really in a rush, just toss them into that quesadilla you were toasting on the stove.

Local food isn’t about fancy food. It’s about real food. It’s about using the food we have. We have lots of real and good food. Fancy is just an option.

So hit the Homer Farmers Market down on Ocean Drive this Saturday between 10am and 3pm or Wednesday from 2-5pm or shop on the Kenai Peninsula Food Hub this weekend for your local flavor.

Kyra Wagner is the coordinator of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.

More in News

Anchorage woman found dead in RV after trooper standoff in Ninilchik

Troopers found an Anchorage woman dead on her property in Ninilchik after… Continue reading

Students get an up close look at a salmon during an educational egg take trip to the Anchor River on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. Eggs are harvested and fertilized, then sent back to each classroom so the students can watch them grow into fry. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Students kick off Salmon in the Classroom program with egg take

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the organization Fish… Continue reading

East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
East Rip: The Kenai Peninsula’s newest cannabis shop opens in Kenai

East Rip is the peninsula’s newest recreational marijuana retailer, and the first… Continue reading

Dr. Paul Eneboe poses for a photo in his pottery shop in August 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Homer doctor celebrates 50 years caring for community

Editor’s note: McKibben Jackinsky is a former Homer News reporter who currently… Continue reading

Dr. Hal Smith at his retirement party at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 20, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Dr. Smith retires

After 32 years of practicing emergency medicine in Homer, Dr. Harold “Hal”… Continue reading

Dr. Christina Tuomi, DO. (Photo provided)
New physician hired a Homer Medical Clinic

A new physician, Dr. Christina Tuomi, DO, has joined the active medical… Continue reading

Seawatch: Mixed news for crab fishermen

Crab fishermen have received mixed news about the upcoming season in the… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo submitted</span>
                                First quarter winners were (pictured left to right): Micah Mershon, Rachelle Biggs, Brenna McCarron, Destiny Gracia, Brita Restad, Vianne Sarber, Nate Turpin and Gavin Maupin (not pictured).
Mariners on the Move

A new batch of Homer Mariner students are being recognized for their… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Friday — Alaxsxa school-wide assembly at 2:45 p.m. Also,… Continue reading

Most Read