Fresh foods in season this summer

Buying seasonal produce is a really smart choice. Purchasing fresh foods in season not only saves you money but also supports local farmers. Also, fresh produce makes for really fresh-tasting meals. If you don’t live close to a farm, try checking for farmers’ markets. They can be fun and sometimes have really cool finds. Not only can you find fresh foods but I’ve come across lots of organic soaps and skincare products as well as tasty baked goods.

It’s important to know which produce is in the season to help plan ahead and save money. Furthermore, planning ahead assures that you can better keep your eyes open for great prices, especially if your shopping in your local grocery store. Otherwise, if you are going to a local farmer there will only be in-season foods but it’s nice to know ahead of time to plan what foods you want to get. All in all to make life easier I have jotted down a list of all the fresh foods in season this summer!

FRUITS IN SEASON

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  • Apricots (July/August)
  • Blackberries (July/August)
  • Blueberries (August)
  • Cherries (July/August)
  • Crab Apples (August)
  • Gooseberries (July/August)
  • Grapes (August)
  • Melons (August)
  • Nectarines (July/August)
  • Peaches (July)
  • Pears (August)
  • Plums (August)
  • Prunes (August)
  • Strawberries (July/August)
  • Raspberries (July/August)
  • Watermelon (July/August)

VEGETABLES IN SEASON THIS SUMMER

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  • Artichokes (August)
  • Beets (August)
  • Broccoli (July/August)
  • Cauliflower (July/August)
  • Carrots (July/August)
  • Celery (July/August)
  • Cucumber (July/August)
  • Eggplants (August)
  • Garlic (fresh) (July/August)
  • Green Beans (July)
  • Green Onions (July/August)
  • Kale (July/August)
  • Leeks (July/August)
  • Lettuce (July/August)
  • Onions (July/August)
  • Parsnips (August)
  • Peas (July)
  • Peppers (July/August)
  • Potatoes (July/August)
  • Radishes (July/August)
  • Rhubarb (July/August)
  • Rutabagas (August)
  • Rapini (July/August)
  • Shallots (August)
  • Spinach (July/August)
  • Summer Squash (July/August)
  • Tomatoes (July/August)
  • Turnips (July/August)
  • Zucchini (July/August)

Organic agriculture is very beneficial to the soil, the environment, and you. Ultimately, local farmer’s markets are a wonderful spot to purchase organic produce. Also, most products are labeled as such, so you can be sure you’re buying chemical-free products. However, if you plan on sticking to the grocery store search for organic labels. Overall, organic farming is better for your body. Also, if interested in picking your own fruit and veggies check out https://www.pickyourown.org/CNONharvestcalendar.htm to find available times. This is such a fun activity to do with the family and is super rewarding!

ONTARIO, CANADA

To conclude, I will mention that I live in Ontario, Canada. Notably, the growing season in Ontario is based on weather conditions meaning most crops are harvested at different times of the year. So, depending on where you live your options may vary. However, seasonal produce is similar if not the same throughout Canada. Additionally, if you live in a similar climate your available fresh foods this summer will also be similar.

Nonetheless, these are most of the fresh foods in season this summer that are great to add to your grocery list. There is such a wide variety of fresh foods, so I apologize if I missed any. However, I tried my best to include all the most common and easily available foods. Also, you may have noticed that I put the months in brackets beside each food to show the prime season. With that being said, the majority of this list will be available throughout the whole summer!

If you happen to live in Ontario, check out this list of amazing farmers’ markets: https://eatgoodbaby.ca/2021/05/20/5-ontario-farmers-markets-to-visit-this-summer/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The summer season is in full swing, which means barbecues, fresh fruit, vegetables, and summer coolers. Overall, summer is the best season for food as it tends to be healthy, fresh, colorful, and easy to prepare.

A plastic bag or container is best for storing most small vegetables like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and celery. Also, make sure to store vegetables separate from fruit in the fridge. This will prevent them from ripening too quickly.

Food is fresh and local.

There is a greater variety.

Delicious seasonal treats.

It is beneficial to your health.

Supports family farmers.

Know where your food comes from

Beneficial for the environment

When consumers purchase products from local producers, their local economy is boosted, valuable jobs are created and maintained, families are supported and the community is strengthened.

Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Gooseberries, Grapes, Melons, Nectarines,Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes , Strawberries,Raspberries, Watermelon

Artichokes ,Beets, Broccoli , Cauliflower ,Carrots ,Celery, Cucumber , Eggplants, Garlic (fresh) Green Beans ,Green Onions ,Kale, Leeks ,Lettuce ,Onions, Parsnips ,Peas ,Peppers ,Potatoes ,Radishes ,Rhubarb,Rutabagas ,Rapini, Shallots ,Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatoes,Turnips, Zucchini

Summer is such an amazing time to take advantage of fresh produce. BBQ season is here, so grill your veggies, make fresh salads, and enjoy juicy fruit! Also, remember to try to support your local farmers if you can by checking out local farmers’ markets. With the pandemic, now more than ever it’s important to support local. Stay safe, have a beautiful summer, and eat good baby! Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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