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Summer Foods

Posted by rhondascooking on June 20, 2008

The official day of summer starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, 2008, but for those of you in very hot climates like Arizona, summer started 2 months ago!  Summer time for most people is a time for activities like vacationing with family, relaxing by the pool, or swimming.  As for me, summer time is about cooking and eating wonderful fruits and vegetables that I get from my local Farmer’s Market.

 

Eating foods when they are in season makes for an awesome dining experience!  When foods are in season, this means that they are at its peak of the growth cycle—the fruit is very sweet!  Do you remember what happened when you bought a peach from the grocery store in December? I’m sure that it was bitter!  This is because peaches are a summer fruit.  Most of the fruit sold in stores year round even though they are not in season are grown in a controlled environment—sometimes it may be sweet and other times it may not be. 

 

Some of the delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs that are (or will be) in season for June and July are as follows:

 

Fruit

Vegetables

Herbs

Peaches

 

Summer squash (yellow crooked, zucchini, etc.)

Basil

Nectarines

Corn

Rosemary

Apricots

Tomatoes

Mint

Figs

Green Beans (snap beans)

Cilantro

Melons (cantaloupe, Honeydew, water, etc.)

Okra

Garlic

Strawberries

Asparagus

 

Plums

Cucumbers

 

Berries (black, rasp, etc.)

Artichokes

 

Cherries

Eggplant

 

Grapes

Chiles

 

Pears

Potatoes

 

Pineapples

Kale

 

Mangos

Onions

 

 

Peppers (sweet/bell)

 

 

Please note that peaches, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, grapes, green beans, cucumbers, raspberries, and plums are ranked in the top 20 worst produce impacted by pesticides, so please try to buy these items organic (for more information, see Newsletter May 16th).  A good place to buy local, seasonal, and organic produce is at your local farmer’s market.  To find a farmer’s marketing new you, please visit http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets/.  

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4 Responses to “Summer Foods”

  1. Terri Jackson said

    Any tips on food as the prices for organic and Farmer’s markets have really gone up besides leave out the meat?

    Thanks,
    Terri

  2. Hi, Terri! Yes, I have lots of prices since I go every week. 🙂 The prices will vary based on what you want.

    Here are a few prices (per pound):
    Carrots – $0.60/lb
    All lettuce – $1.25 (per bunch)
    Garlic – $0.60 ea
    Fresh Herbs – $1.25 (per bag)
    Green onions (scallions) – $0.60 (per bunch)
    Watermelon – $0.25/lb
    Peaches – $2.50/lb
    Tomatoes – vary, depending on type
    Raw Honey – $5 (per 8 ounce)

    Much more! Tomorrow, I am going to a farm in Buckeye, I’ll let you know what they have.

    I love going to the market!

  3. […] So what can you do if you are feeling like you need something sweet?  Of course the best thing to do is eat fruit especially those that are season—these are in its peak and are very sweet.  (To find out what’s in season this month, please check out my article on Summer Foods.)  […]

  4. scott said

    I agree with you about farmers markets, good source of more nutritious and fresher food. Not to mention it supports local farmers.

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