As summer comes into full swing local produce is easy to be had. This local fare is hard to beat and continues to be cherished year-round in our community. There is another aspect to local food thought that often gets forgotten. Native edible plants are most likely already on your table and in your garden, often given little special thought or very little encouragement. These species, which are traditionally and naturally found in the region’s ecosystem, support the continued health and support of the area’s biodiversity - all while adding something special to summer meals.
During this time of year in the central Illinois area, native plants are in especial abundance. The next time you are at our Co-op or even the farmers market look for produce like Rhubarb, Berries, Sunflowers or Evening Primrose to add something extra local to your meal.