Summer is upon us and all but the most intrepid and geographically well placed local farmers will be having increasing difficulty producing the greens common to the Western diet. So, if you want to stick with local and the freshest, it is time to start thinking Asian. If you know where to look, there are more than a dozen great local products to take you through the summer. Bok choy is one of the most common and versatile. One of the oldest cultivated vegetables in Asia, it is now common throughout the world and various climatic conditions, as it does quite well as a winter crop, even in cold climates. Rich in vitamins A, C and K, it is one of the most nutrient-dense plant foods. It has a unique flavour and is great raw, stir-fried, baked, or in stews and soups. If new to Asian greens, start with something steamed or cooked with a favourite meat or fish. Vegetarians will love it with other Asian vegetables.