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Eating Seasonally – Summer Edition

Healthy Living


These days, most produce tends to be available year-round. It’s easy to lose track of what’s actually in season, and the benefits of eating seasonally.

 

Why eat in season? It’s good for…

  • Your health! Produce is likely to be higher in nutritional value when harvested at peak ripeness.
  • Your wallet! Fruits & veggies are typically cheaper when they are in season.
  • Your taste buds! Produce in season are fresher and more flavorful.
  • The environment! Less energy is required to grow and transport produce in season.

 

Tips for eating in season

  1. Shop at your local farmer’s market. The food you find there is fresh, local and the vendors can tell you what foods will be available at different times of year based on the seasonality of your area.
  2.  Look for signs in the produce section of your grocery store indicating which fruits and vegetables are in season.
  3. Look at produce labels to see where the food has come from. If it is from very far away, it is likely not in season in your area.
  4. Be creative with your cooking. Try using seasonal ingredients that you don’t normally cook with. Each season offers a new opportunity to refresh your go-to recipes or try new ones!

 

Spotlight on: Summer Harvest

Produce is at its peak in the summertime! Look for these summer favorites at your local farmer’s market or grocery store*:

 

Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Summer Squash & Zucchini

Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

 

*Seasonal produce may vary by region. Check out local produce guides for additional fruits and vegetables that may be available near you!