57 Summer Recipes Using Fresh, Local Ingredients

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on July 3, 2019

Aside from the yummy recipes you’re about to read below, there are several benefits of eating seasonal and local— for your health, your local farmers, and your wallet. And it’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is home to some famously delicious fare. We can attribute much of this to the local farmers harvesting the vast array of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. 

With new seasons comes a new selection of delicious produce, and we are so excited about the possibilities which come with the summer season. Look for the summer vegetables below at one of the many farmers markets Thurston County offers and in produce departments for the best flavor (and greatest value) this season.

Try some of these amazing recipes below, each worth the mad dash to the farmers market!


Dubbed the “golden globes” of the fruit world, there’s nothing like a fresh, ripe apricot. They’re juicy and taste both sweet and the perfect amount of tart. Their tender texture sets them miles apart from the dried variety, and there are so many creative ways to use them.





Cooking Light:DT: Mains: Fig Salad Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Prop Styling :Thom Driver , Food Styling: Tina Stamo

If you’re tired of sticking with the same generic mixed spring bag in your routine, we’re here to tell you one thing: arugula! This peppery, spicy green has a much more distinct flavor than your average bunch of spinach, and it’s packed with nutrition, serving a healthy dose of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C! Spice up your salads and more with these recipes.





What’s more enjoyable than the fragrant smell of fresh herbs filling your kitchen? Fresh basil is one of our favorite parts of summer. It’s so refreshing and versatile. Use it to liven up a sauce or salad, or even to freshen up a cocktail or dessert! In fact, we can’t think of too many things that don’t go well with basil! Try some of these fun recipes below.





BERRIES (blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, marionberries, strawberries) 

From blackberries to boysenberries and even the marionberry, the Pacific Northwest has remarkable options for summer berries. And though most people probably think of dessert, we’re here to tell you that there are countless ways to utilize our regional berries in sweet and savory meals. These 8 sweet and savory berry recipes are perfect when you want to add a fresh pop to your favorite summertime meals.










We think this reliable green veggie deserves a reputation revamp. Not only is it available almost year-round, but it’s also packed with vitamins and takes minimal effort to turn it into a real treat — for the whole family. Your kids won’t be complaining about eating their broccoli when they try any of these delicious recipes! 





You know summer is in full bloom when you see the markets filled with our favorite stone fruits! Naturally, cherries are at the top of our list, and there are a number of fun ways to use them. Remember to look for firm, shiny cherries when you’re at the market.





Cucumbers are about as refreshing and adaptable as it gets. Their subtle flavor, crisp crunch, and high water content make them the perfect addition to almost any dish, from salads to beverages (alcoholic and non), and of course, pickles. 






We relish the opportunity to integrate a fresh, ripe fig into whatever we’re cooking however we can. We’re so excited fig season is here, and can’t wait to pair this versatile fruit with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Whether they’re an added element on your summer cheese platter (they pair great with olives and nuts, of course) or used in a delicious salad marinade, they never disappoint.





Green Beans

Oh snap! Green beans add a great pop of color and texture to our summer pastas, salads and sides…seemingly everything. They also provide a healthy punch of vitamin c, fiber, and potassium. If you can resist making it home from the market without biting into your bounty, try one of these delicious recipes below. 




Green Onions  

Whether you call them green onions or scallions, they’re impossible not to love. And though they’re meant to be an accent to your recipes rather than the main attraction, their fragrant flavor can really make or break a recipe. You wouldn’t make a baked potato without them, would you?






Nothing cools you down when it’s hot outside like the flavor of mint — whether it’s in your drink, main dish or even dessert. This easy, breezy herb takes many sweet and savory dishes from “just okay” to “out of this world.”





When it comes to summertime, a fresh juicy peach is the perfect treat that practically everyone enjoys. From sweet to savory, there are countless ways to enjoy a yummy Washington peach. From the classics like a cobbler or salsa, to the unexpected hits like a peach and mozzarella salad, you can incorporate a peach into almost any craving! Bring the real taste of summer to your table with one of these recipes.







Summer Squash

It’s time to step aside, butternut! Summer squash has arrived. The season is in full season, and the versatile squash (zucchini, yellow squash, crookneck, and pattypan) are ready to be eaten.








Last but certainly not least, we’re talking about fresh summer tomatoes, and we advise you to take advantage of them all summer long. Whether you’re tossing them in a salad, or flipping them on the grill, be sure to make the most of this fleeting fruit. Summer is the time for fresh tomatoes, and we’re taking advantage of them all season long.





2019 Inspirational Educator Award

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on June 30, 2019

We were honored to round out the 2018-2019 school year awarding the Inspirational Educator Award winner, Katherine Sartori. Katherine is the orchestra teacher at Washington Middle School and was chosen for this award by our 2019 first-place scholarship winner. Fiona Whitaker.

Our surprise ceremony awarding Katherine was touching and absolutely wonderful to take part in.

Congratulations Katherine Sartori – Another awesome teacher making our community a great place to live!

Pictured from L to R: Janet Mclane, Valerie Piper  – both from the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Carolyn Whitaker, Fiona’s Mom, Fiona Whitaker, Ms. Katherine Sartori, Ken and Nancy Anderson, Owners of Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty and Mrs. Annette Pasquariello, Assistant Principal of WMS.


First Place Scholarship Winner – Fiona Whitaker

June 26, 2019

Congratulations to Fiona Whitaker, our first place winner in our 9th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Fiona wrote a very beautiful essay painting a vivid picture of how she defines “Home”. Her beautiful analogies of home bring the story to life in your mind, “Picture this: A cement foundation poured, a […]

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Second Place Scholarship Winner – Julian Desmond

June 25, 2019

Congratulations to Julian Desmond, our second place winner in our 9th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Julian wrote a wonderful essay about the moves a military family faces. In his own words, “The older I get, and the longer I stay in one place, the more I realize how different my life has […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – Emelyn Keller

June 24, 2019

Congratulations to Emelyn Keller, our third place winner in our 9th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Chloe wrote a great essay about transitioning from one home to another. We loved this line “Your family, which you naively had thought to be a democratic union, has decided, without your consent, to pick up and […]

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Four Tips for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

May 31, 2019

If you’ve ever watched a home buying or renovation show on television, the phrase “open concept” is probably burned into your brain. Gone are the days of choppy layouts and room-defining décor that can make our favorite areas feel blocky and confined. Today’s homeowner wants sprawling spaces that enable them (and their guests) to seamlessly […]

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Scholarship Contest in Voting Phase!

May 6, 2019

The submission portion of our contest is now wrapped up and we are into our fan voting phase! We had another amazing response this year with 62 essays submitted to our contest. Please be sure to vote for your favorites through our website www.whatmakesahouseahome.com  – Voting is today through Friday, May 10th. The finalists will be […]

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7 Best Thurston County Restaurants With a View

April 30, 2019

With a population nearing 300,000, sweeping vistas of Puget Sound and big mountain views, there’s no shortage of people or picturesque landscapes in Thurston County, Washington. This serene setting also has a burgeoning food scene that’s often able to pair delicious menus with stunning atmospheres to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Though the county’s largest […]

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9th Annual Scholarship Contest

April 8, 2019

Our “What Makes a House a Home” college scholarship contest is in its ninth year.  Our independent judging panel will be awarding three scholarships at the end of May. This is a very rewarding program for us, not just in helping some great local high school students, but also in hearing their amazing stories of […]

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Rob Rice Homes Introduces New Golf Course Home Plan

April 2, 2019

Rob Rice Homes is thrilled to reveal their latest new house plan! The “Westminster” is currently under construction in a small, peaceful setting that is part of the master planned community of Meridian Campus in Lacey, Washington. This new home is situated perfectly to take in the views of the 16th Fairway of the Woodlands […]

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