This helpful printable Summer Produce Guide features some best produce to buy at their peak! Summertime brings an abundance of fresh items at roadside stands and farmer's markets.
It's also a wonderful time to support your local farmers too if you can get to one.
Summer is my favorite season ever, not just because of the weather and relaxed schedule, but also because of the fantastic summer produce that is available. Some of my favorite fruits are only available this time of year. To help you take advantage of the great summer produce, we have a printable guide for you. Buying produce is often cheaper when buying in their peak season and it is also a great time to change-up your recipes to include your favorite fruit!
Grocery stores and farmers' markets are bursting with gorgeous fruits and vegetables in their prime. Now is the time to take advantage of the beautiful produce that nature brings! You can also find some great inexpensive produce at your local farmer's market. This photo is from a farmer's market in France. I love checking out the farmer's markets when traveling. It is a great way to experience local tastes and pick up some fun spices and condiments to take home.
Some of my favorite summer fruits are peaches, plums, and nectarines. These summer fruits not only taste great but are a good source of vitamins too! I just wish they were in the season more often. If biting into a juicy piece of fruit is not summer, I don't seriously don't know what is. Here are a few favorites to look out for this season:
Carrots - Carrots are high in fiber, vitamin A, and beta-carotene which helps support eye health and regulates blood sugar. To get the most nutrients from this vegetable simply eat it raw. Orange isn’t the only color to look out for: there are also purple, red, and yellow carrots. Check out my best carrot muffin recipe.
Peaches - These are not only juicy and delicious but are extremely high in vitamin C. About the only time of year, you will spot peaches is in the summer and farmers' markets will be loaded. This is because they are hard to transport due to their delicate nature. Another benefit of buying peaches locally is fewer pesticides which means a sweeter flavor. Try this Homemade Peach Ice cream or Peach Pecan Muffins recipes.
Cucumbers - Cucumbers add lots of hydration and a nice crunch to your salads. Due to their high-water content cucumbers are perfect for combatting the hot summer weather and provide nourishment to your skin. Check out this awesome Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe.
When shopping at the grocery store, look for peaches and plums that yield to gentle pressure and are not mushy. Print out this free Summer Produce Guide for use when planning your menu.
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Summer produce is great in salads and drink recipes too, like these refreshing fruity cocktails!
What is your favorite summer fruit?
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