Summer is upon us, and that means that every state in the country has fresh produce of one kind or another ripening on the vine, branch, or even underground. It’s the perfect time to try new summer recipes with your state’s in-season produce. Any Michelin-star chef will tell you that fresh ingredients are the first requirement for creating a mouth-watering dish. By using products grown in your home state, your ingredients could only be fresher if you grew them yourself.
Louisiana Loaded Summer Peppers
This recipe combines six of the Pelican State’s ag commodities, with a main ingredient— beef— as one of the top five commodities in the state. Beef production is worth over $600 million in Louisiana. Ingredients such as beef, shrimp, ham, Creole seasoning, and onions blend to give your average stuffed pepper a Louisiana-flair that will have the whole family jazzed up for dinner.
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South Carolina Grilled Chicken and Chipotle-Peach Dressing
Broiler chickens are a major South Carolina ag commodity—40 percent of the state’s agriculture is in poultry—and summer is the perfect time to enjoy a recipe with lean poultry cooked out on the grill. This summer recipe also features peaches, a South Carolina favorite (considering they boast of being “The Tastier Peach State”). South Carolina’s peach season runs from late May to late August, so this is a dish you can enjoy all summer long.
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Florida Oranges, Avocados, and Chili Peppers
There are few crops and produce options that don’t grow in the Sunshine State. Last October, AgAmerica Lending promoted the latest book—a cookbook no less—by acclaimed ag author, Forrest Pritchard at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Pritchard shared three of his recipes from the book—Honey-Orange Drumsticks, Red Chili Con Carne, and Chocolate Avocado Mousse—and they all feature important commodities in Florida. While citrus has long been a top ag commodity in Florida, avocados have been increasing in importance every year. Additionally, the Sunshine State is also second in the nation for vegetables like chili peppers, melons, and potatoes. Find all three recipes here.
Enjoying the fruits of agriculture’s labor in summer recipes is what it’s all about, and AgAmerica Lending is happy to be a part of the ag industry. As the nation’s leading land lenders, we help farms and ranches of all size to grow and succeed with our low interest rates, long amortizations, and outstanding 10-year line of credit.
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