15 Seasonal Summer Fruits and Vegetables to Buy

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It's officially summertime and when I think of summer, I think of fresh natural sweetness of fruits and the bright bounty of vegetables. I also think of how I don't fear to buy tomatoes at the store that aren't ripe or biting into a peach so hard it may crack my tooth.

Now that it's that time of year, I've listed seasonal fruits and vegetables to pick up during your next visit to the farmer's market. There are environmental, economic, and health benefits of buying local seasonal produce. They’re likely to have been treated with few pesticides and less likely to have been artificially ripened. If you’re concerned about the costs of buying fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, purchasing them in season will give some relief to your wallet. Buying locally is less expensive than buying out-of-season produce because the prices aren’t impacted by the costs of cross-country or global transportation.

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Another benefit of buying local and seasonal foods you'll be supporting the local economy and the businesses of local farmers who work hard to provide the best products to their communities. There’s a sense of community when you choose to shop at the farmer’s market near your home instead of the grocery chain you frequently visit.

Seasonal purchases of produce are not without their health benefits. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins such as vitamins A, K, C, folate, B2, B6, and biotin and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, manganese, and potassium. Some of these nutrients are responsible for keeping your vision clear, supporting your nervous system, assisting with energy metabolism, iron absorption, supporting brain and liver health, and promoting bone growth. Buying them seasonally ensures you're getting the biggest nutritional punch and their peak flavor.

Next time you go to the farmer’s market, pick up these fresh and flavorful summer fruits and vegetables! Don’t just buy fresh fruits and vegetables only to let them sit in the fridge until they spoil.  There’s no excuse to not explore new dishes with bounty summer provides.

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Try new recipe ideas at home with them such as turning some of them into pestos, jams, smoothies, dips, butters, pizza toppings, noodles, sauces, and desserts. For example, I love pesto as a substitute for mayonnaise on my sandwiches. As much as I love basil pesto, it’s certainly not the only kind I can make. So I experiment with avocado, kale, spinach, and arugula instead. I have a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, which I can lightly saute and dress in a delicious vinaigrette. Fresh tomatoes make wonderful pizza and pasta sauces and are a key ingredient in a quick Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and basil. You can use strawberries in cheesecake or a refreshing smoothie. The ideas are endless!

These are my picks for seasonal summer produce you should buy. Print it out and keep this list with you as you shop!


Fruits

Apricots

Avocado

Blackberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Figs

Peaches

Melons

Nectarines

Peaches

Plums

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Watermelon


Vegetables

Arugula

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Collard Greens

Corn

Cucumber

Fennel

Green Beans

Kale

Lima beans

Radishes

Spinach

Summer Squash/Zucchini