Celebrate the summer bounty of Ohio local foods

These resources are shared as part of a 2019 Your Plan 4 Health webinar  presented by OSU Extension Educators, Melissa J. Rupp and Patrice Powers-Barker. Melissa works in the Fulton County office and Patrice works in the Lucas County office. Need to connect with your local Ohio State University Extension office?  Here’s the list for each county.

tabletop of fresh summer vegetables

Resources shared in the webinar:

Recipe ideas for seasonal, local produce (mentioned in webinar):

The following sites have recipes that are user-friendly for all ages:

Utah State University Extension asks, ” Have you ever wanted to be a person who could walk into the kitchen, look in the pantry and refrigerator, and create a delicious meal out of what you have on hand?” They share a “create” series such as: Create an Omelet, Create a Sandwich or Wrap or Create a Pizza. Check out all their suggestions.

Planting A Fall Vegetable Garden

Planning to plant a fall vegetable garden is a great way to extend the growing season and enjoy some cool weather crops after the heat of the summer fades away. Some vegetables love cooler weather!

It’s important to know about the average number of days to harvest for each crop,  the cold temperature tolerance of vegetables and the average anticipated date of the first frost in your area (around October 15th for Northwest Ohio)

The following resources are from neighboring states and share information about fall vegetable gardens:

For gardening in any season, it’s always helpful to start with a soil test. The University of Massachuttes has directions, order form and information about doing a home vegetable garden soil test (you can opt to do soil tests for other areas also). Click here to go to their website.

If you have any questions about your soil test, vegetables in the garden or other questions related to horticulture, please call the Horticulture Hotline at 419-578-6783 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – 1 pm. Questions can also be emailed to lucascountymastergardener@gmail.com