Cucumbers…Recipes, tips and more

Who knew there were so many ways to use cucumbers? I mean- sushi and eye pads are  given- but in drinks? Oooh! Here are a few of our favorites compiled from the helpful people at Chocolate and Zucchini (enough said!)

Cucumber salads

– Bite-size cucumbers and tomatoes with onion and feta, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.
– With baby spinach, strawberries, and cubed feta coated with Herbes de Provence.
– Panzanella (Italian bread salad).
– Peel and dice cucumbers about 2 cm (1/2 inch), add diced tomato, avocado and slivered  onion. Serve with fresh greens and a light dressing.
– Greek salad.
– Cucumbers and sour cream, the Polish version of tzatziki.
– Crab and cucumber salad.

– Spicy thai cucumber salad.

Cucumber sandwiches

– Add to any sandwich for crunch and freshness.
– Cucumber sandwiches on sandwich bread with cream cheese.

Cucumber drinks and frozen treats

– Add a few slices to your iced water glass or jug.
– Muddle with basil, add gin and tonic.
– Sangria with white wine or white grape juice, cucumbers, mint, and green grapes.

Now that you have some recipes and tips to use your Cucumbers- wanna know why you should be eating them? They are packed with amazing benefits. Here is a great article on all of the benefits- but they are great source of Vitamin K and antioxidants.

Enjoy!            Matthew 7:7 

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We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We  donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.

This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.

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