With June comes the official start of summer, and the first ripe crops of the season. Among them are peas, June’s harvest of the month! For the third year in a row, third through fifth graders across the Island are participating in Island Grown Schools’ First Peas to the Table competition. Modeled after a contest Thomas Jefferson held at Monticello, each competing school plants one hundred shelling pea seeds in mid-March, in the hopes of being the first school to produce one cup of shelled peas in the spring. Students have been working hard, putting careful thought and research into what varieties of shelling peas to plant, and the best trellises and fertilizer to use. On June 19, students from each of the schools will gather at Morning Glory Farm to find out who the winner is, and celebrate with pea-themed activities.
Celebrate peas this month with local shelling and snap peas from Morning Glory Farm, or the West Tisbury Farmers Market. Try them chopped on a salad, in a pea risotto, or on their own with your favorite dip. Shelled peas can also be made into hummus; just use fresh or frozen peas in place of chickpeas in your favorite hummus recipe. To learn more click here.
You can also try this month’s featured recipe, pea pesto potato salad!
Click here to read IGI Board President, Randi Baird's, most recent blog post and see some great pictures!