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Summer Produce Guide: What’s Best to Buy Fresh This Season
Ashley Martens
By Ashley Martens

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Summer is the quintessential season for exploring your local community’s farmers markets. From fresh fruit and homegrown vegetables, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious piece of produce straight from a local farm. It’s beneficial to eat what’s in season, so take a look below to see what’s in season for the summer months ahead and stock up the next time you visit your local community farmers market.

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  • Basil – Infuse your favorite bottle of olive oil with fresh Basil leaves to enjoy flavored olive oil all year long.
  • Blueberries – Try this recipe for delicious homemade blueberry muffins. Yum!
  • Broccoli – Broccoli can be enjoyed on its own roasted, included in vegetable stir frys, or added to dishes like a fresh summer salad.
  • Cherries – Let fresh cherries inspire your summertime desserts. Whip up a classic cherry pie or get creative and make a cherry cheesecakes.
  • Corn – Elevate your corn on the cob this summer by grilling it. Place corn (husk included) on your heated grill. Close the grill cover and cook 15-20 minutes, rotating corn every 5 minutes or until corn kernels are tender. (Pierce with a paring knife to check them).
  • Cucumbers – Looking for a refreshing summertime snack? Enjoy fresh cucumbers with a sprinkle of pink himalayan salt.
  • Eggplant – Eggplant pairs well with chicken, so try them together in this chicken and eggplant pasta or try a delicious eggplant parmesan.
  • Green Beans – Serve a side of steamed green beans topped with a fresh squeeze of lemon for a delicious summertime side.
  • Okra – Looking for a savory side dish? Sauteed okra pairs well with caramelized onions.
  • Peaches – When picking out peaches, gently press or squeeze the shoulder and tip of the peach (where the stem was). If it just starts to give, the peach is ripe and ready to eat.

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  • Plums – To find a ripe plum, hold the plum in the palm of your hand. It should feel heavy and there should be some give, particularly at the blossom end (opposite the stem end).
  • Radishes – Relish radishes? Try this delicious asparagus radish tart.
  • Raspberries – if you bought too many raspberries at the farmers market, freeze the extras to use in all of your summertime smoothies.
  • Summer Squash – Ditch the traditional pasta noodle and make a batch of spaghetti squash instead.
  • Tomatoes – Whether you enjoy tomatoes on your salad or on top of your margherita pizza, summertime tomatoes can be used in multiple dishes.
  • Watermelon – Nothing says summer quite like watermelon. To bring out the sweet flavor, try adding a small sprinkle of salt on your watermelon slice.

Stock up on your summertime staples while they are in season and remember to take some time to talk to the farmers to learn more about your favorite foods before the summer is over.

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