With summertime’s hot weather and bright sunshine comes an abundance of delicious, local, seasonal summer produce that is available at farmer’s markets and roadstands.
Fruits, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, cheese, and more are just some of the delicious produce you will find as the temperatures rise.
It’s also a wonderful time to support your local farmers by purchasing and eating their fare.
SEASONAL SUMMER PRODUCE
Here are a few favorites to look out for this season:
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.
This fuzzy stone fruit is not only juicy and delicious but is 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.
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.
Okra is high in vitamin C that has been touted to boost immune system strength.
Okra is also a good source of antioxidants and is high in fiber.
This versatile vegetable can be baked, fried, roasted, or used in salads, soups, and stews.
The best part about eating seasonal and local produce is that it’s extremely affordable and provides the best nutrients and flavor.
Local produce offers the highest vitamins and nutrients because they require little transportation compared to produce at grocery stores.
Farmer’s markets also have more variety and abundance compared to grocery stores which help eliminate costs.
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