When thinking about summer produce, you might automatically think about enjoying fresh slices of watermelon by the pool; cutting ripe tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers to enjoy on top of local salad greens; or biting into sweet corn on the cob at Fourth of July picnics. While these are truly summertime favorites, there is an abundance of other fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetable options available to explore.
When shopping in your local market, be on the lookout for signage that calls attention to locally-grown produce in your region. Keep an eye out for some of these colorful produce options being grown by farmers across the country all summer long. Remember, they’re just a handful of what you’re bound to find!
In mid-May, cherry season begins in California and peaks in July when the growing season moves to Washington State. Fun fact – since cherries are allowed to ripen on the tree before being harvested, packed and shipped, they’re typically available for purchase within days of being picked!
With an assortment to choose from, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and white-flesh peaches and nectarines peak in June and July. Besides snacking on your favorite stone fruit, don’t forget to try them halved and grilled for a delicious caramelized dessert.
Throughout the summer and early fall is when you can enjoy avocados grown in California. Since they’re not available year-round, be sure to look for the “California” Avocado sticker when selecting them in store!
From strawberries to blueberries and raspberries to blackberries, your favorite berries will remain in season throughout the entire summer months. While primarily grown in California, many regional farmers grown berries throughout the season as well.
Yellow squash and zucchini are grown across the country, from early June right into the fall. They taste wonderful sliced or diced and sautéed or made into noodle form for light and fresh summer meals.
Also known as Mexican Husk Tomato, tomatillos grow best in warm climates like California and are sweeter and tangier than traditional tomatoes. Enjoy cooked or uncooked in recipes. To amp up your taco night, be sure to add this flavor-packed Salsa Verde to your menu!