Are there any sweeter words than June, July, and August? Kids are out of school, vacation happens, and lingering sunlight sets the perfect scene for outdoor gatherings in the evenings. We think this cool six-pack of summery treats will bring even more local flavor to your favorite season. —Stephanie Kane
Blackberry Mint Ice Cream
The star ingredients in this new ice cream from Weckerly’s were grown in Roxborough at the Henry Got Crops CSA, a partnership between Weavers Way Co-op and the W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences. Available at Weavers Way Co-op in Chestnut Hill, 8424 Germantown Ave., and the co-op’s farmstand at 7095 Henry Ave., 215.866.9150, weckerlys.squarespace.com.
A wonder of the natural world, romanesco’s perfectly repeating pattern humbles the most esteemed chef and mathematician among us. Whether you steam or roast one, be sure you keep those spirals intact for maximum dramatic effect. Available from the Rineer Family Farms table at Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market, year-round on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, 18th and Walnut St., Rittenhouse Square.
Hickory on the Hill Cheese
This raw-milk stunner from the Farm at Doe Run owes its deliciousness to a herd of Jersey cows. Their autumn milk is aged six months and then hand washed with apple cider and scented with bay leaves. Available at the Fair Food Farmstand, 51 N. 12th St. (in Reading Terminal Market), 215.386.5211.
Sweet with a slow-building heat from the addition of cayenne, Anita’s mango salsa is the perfect addition to any summer gathering. Available at Mariposa Food Co-op, 4824 Baltimore Ave., 215.729.2121, and for availability throughout the Philadelphia area, visit anitasguacamole.com.
This light, local red is a great pairing with a summer cookout. There’s a light-bodied spice here that will match whatever you throw on the grill. The climate of Blue Mountain Vineyards’ 50-acre vineyard in the Lehigh Valley mirrors the climate in the Loire Valley and Burgundy regions in France, perfect for crafting their old-world style wines. Available at Blue Mountain Vineyards, 51 N. 12th St. (in Reading Terminal Market). 215.238.9022, and online at bluemountainwine.com.
Chef Greg Vernick taps his Piney roots with this highly anticipated seasonal dessert special. The rich, flaky crust is bursting with the intense, juicy flavor of ripe New. Jersey blueberries. Available at Vernick, 2031 Walnut St., 267.639.6644, vernickphilly.com.