When you hear the word summer what comes to mind? Warm weather, barbecues, the beach? What about corn on the cob, watermelon and tomatoes? These foods are synonymous to summer for many people and but there are many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs in season throughout the summer months that you may not even know about. You can use this handy chart when meal planning or grocery shopping to take advantage of seasonal produce!
The abundance of produce available this time of year also means the start of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA). Many farms also offer “pick-your-own” for fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and apples, allowing you to get the fruit when it’s freshest, right off the plant.
The top 3 reasons to eat seasonal produce are:
The produce is freshly picked and at its peak of flavor and nutrition, meaning is tastes better and is healthier!
Farmers markets and CSAs support local farmers and economy!
You have the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables and ask the farmers for tips on preparing them!
Another option for fresh food right at your fingertips is to start your own garden! Herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, and mint can be easily grown in a windowsill and are a great way to season your food without adding salt. With a little water and sunlight, you will have fresh herbs to cook with year-round! For more information on growing your own garden check out: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/growing-guides.
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