What Are Your Seasonal Fruits And Veggies? Summer Edition

Do you have a habit of buying fresh berries in the winter? If so, have you noticed they don’t taste as good? Do you track the prices of your produce? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the price of your produce fluctuates throughout the seasons.


Here's my favorite post of the seasonal eating series! Do you have a habit of buying fresh berries in the winter? If so, have you noticed they don’t taste as good? Do you track the prices of your produce?


Summer Fruits


If the temperatures are getting higher and your neighbors are firing up their grills for BBQ season, these fruits are ready to hit the shelves at low prices in temperate environments:


-Apricots

-Plums

-Cherries

-Cantaloupe

-Bananas

-Mangos

-Honeydew Melon

-Blackberries

-Nectarines

-Strawberries

-Raspberries

-Watermelon

-Peaches

-Tomatoes

-Passion Fruit

-Melon

-Lemon

-Limes


Which of these fruits are your favorites? Are there any you haven’t tried, or you’re curious about?



Summer Veggies


Grab these veggies at the Farmer’s Market this summer - make a morning out of it!


-Radishes

-Arugula

-Cucumber

-Beets

-Bell Peppers

-Carrots

-Zucchini

-Garlic

-Green Beans

-Okra

-Summer Squash

-Rhubarb


Which of these veggies do you like, and how do you prepare them? Are there any that you haven’t tried? 



Pick It


A fantastic activity during the summer is berry picking! Spend an afternoon picking out (and snacking on) fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries right off the vine! Since you’re buying in bulk, and doing the labor yourself, it’s usually much cheaper than it would be at the grocery store.


Have you ever been berry picking? If not, do a quick search on the Internet to find the closest farm that offers berry picking!



Preserve It


Canning, freezing, and pickling are fantastic ways to keep the flavors of summer alive all year round! If you have the freezer space, buy fresh local fruit in bulk when it IS in season, then chop it up and freeze it, can it, or make it into jam. With veggies, whip up tomato sauce to can or freeze, or pickle some cucumbers.


Pro tip: homemade jams and pickles make for fantastic presents!





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