The Benefits of Eating In-Season Summer Produce and Recipes to Try

This summer we’re embracing pool days, BBQ’s with family and friends, and outdoor movie nights. The sizzling hot days also have us craving light and refreshing food, so we’re here to share how to make the most of seasonal produce! Find out below why seasonal produce matters.

It’s healthier and tastier

There are many benefits to buying seasonal fruits and veggies, but one of our favorites is that they’re packed with nutrients. Out of season produce is typically harvested early so that it can be shipped out to stores.  This means it loses a lot of its nutritional value by the time it gets to your plate. The fresher the food, the more vitamins and antioxidants you’ll get. And when it comes to taste, produce in season is picked at peak ripeness which means it is both fresh and flavorful. 

It’s good for the environment

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50% of U.S. agricultural imports are horticultural products which include fruits and vegetables. That produce is creating a ton of greenhouse gas emissions on their way to your fruit bowl. 

Support local farmers

When you purchase in-season food at your local farmers market or organic store, you’re also supporting the local economy and the farmers who harvested those goods. What’s even more fun is that you can get to know those farmers and ask them questions about how they produced the food you’ll consume—it doesn’t get any more personal than that! 

So what’s in season this summer?

Avocados

Need we say more? There are so many possibilities for what might be the most popular fruit in the game. Guacamole, avocado toast, or just on it’s own with a little salt and pepper. Did you know you can even use them in brownies? Check out the recipe below.

Avocado Brownies

Avocado brownies

Berries

Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries AND strawberries are in season for the summer and the possibilities are endless. Strawberries and blueberries are perfect for a festive Independence Day dish. Raspberries go great in an ice cold glass of club soda or as a topping for your favorite ice cream! 

Why not incorporate seasonal fruit into another summer staple: S’mores! Here’s the step by step below:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry S’mores

Watermelon

Undoubtedly when most of us think of summer, we think of juicy watermelon. Not only is this fruit refreshing and delicious, but there are also a ton of creative ways to eat it other than slicing and serving. Try freezing them for yummy ice pops, adding it to a salad with some feta cheese, or dipping them in chocolate!

Here’s another funky recipe to try:

The Best Grilled Watermelon

Summer Squash

Summer squash is a fantastic addition to any summer gathering with food. You can slice it up and throw it right on the grill, add it to a salad in place of lettuce, or even pickle them. We suggest these Caprese zucchini boats that you can also make on the grill.

Grilled Caprese Zucchini Boats

Corn

Corn on the cob is another summer favorite, but don’t forget about corn dogs and sweet corn for a cold ceviche! We’re on board for it all and might even give this fantastic corn salad a try too:

No-Brainer Corn Salad

We hope these facts and recipes inspired you to eat what’s in season and maybe even experiment with some new fruits and veggies this year. When you buy local, the food tastes good, you feel good, and so does our planet! Comment below with some of your favorite summer dishes.


Nicole Grossberg
Author: Nicole Grossberg

Nicole Grossberg is a freelance writer with a passion for sustainability and doing her part to save the planet. She’s usually seen with a reusable water bottle, coffee tumbler, or stainless steel straw—no single use plastic allowed! When she’s not writing you can find her at a Yankee game, in the kitchen cooking, curled up with a good book, or drinking iced coffee. She currently resides in Astoria, NY.

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