The temperatures are rising here in Florida. With longer evenings and kids out of school, it can seem daunting to make meals that are easy, delicious, and good for you. Choosing to incorporate in-season produce in your summer meals are sure to be a hit with your friends and family.
Why Shop In-Season?
Choosing to purchase in-season produce means maximizing the quality, taste, and freshness of your fruits and vegetables. In-season produce is fresher because it takes less time to go from farm to table, meaning it’s bursting with flavor and nutrients. Plus, the amount of transportation required to get it from the farm to our store is significantly diminished, making in-season produce cheaper.
Summer Produce Picks
Summer is a great time to add seasonal veggies and fruits to your meals. Whether it’s with salads, grilled alongside your favorite summertime meats, or as a healthy snack, summer vegetables are packed with great taste and plenty of nutrients.
Summer squash, you guessed it, is most definitely a great in-season pick. You can grill it, steam it, or even stir fry it. The best way to capture the most nutrients from summer squash is by steaming it. Enjoy summer squash in a casserole or throw it on the grill with your favorite cookout meals.
Eggplants, though technically a fruit, are great to add to your summer meals. They are extremely absorbent, making them great at capturing amazing flavors in your favorite dishes. They can be grilled or baked, making them versatile to whatever you are feeling. Enjoy them stuffed with cheese and spices or roasted for a delicious side!
Zucchini, a type of summer squash, is extremely versatile. Enjoy them grilled and paired with your steak or chicken meals. Or, you can choose to bake them into fries for a healthy alternative to french fries. Zucchini can even be baked into bread that your family can enjoy all summer long.
Summertime means hotter days; and that’s when the cravings for sweet and refreshing treats begin. Berries are one of the best summer fruits because of their versatility. You can bake them in a whole number of desserts including pies and cobblers or add them on top of cheesecakes and ice cream. Freeze berries and enjoy them as a cool snack as the temperature rises. Summer berries include:
You can even use a mixture of these berries in patriotic desserts because of their colors. These make a great addition for the Fourth of July!
Nothing is more refreshing than a ripe, juicy tomato to enjoy in your summer meals. They pair well with hamburgers (or veggie burgers!) and are great for salads. Snack on grape tomatoes in the hot afternoons. Tomatoes have so many uses that you won’t have to think too hard about how to add them to your meal prep!
Another in-season produce pick is peppers. These sweet (or hot) peppers make great meals or additions to your lunches and dinners. Enjoy stuffed peppers with meat, cheese, and spices or throw them on the grill for a delicious kebab dinner.
Cucumbers are so refreshing during the most sweltering of days. Include them in salads, salsa, or by themselves! Cucumbers have plenty of health benefits due to their nutrient-rich makeup and the fact that they are primarily water! Add cucumber slices to your water for a crisp taste!
Avocados are another yummy option when choosing in-season produce! If you are following the keto diet, these fruits are a great go-to because they are a healthy fat and extremely delicious. Enjoy avocados spread on toast, served in guacamole, or tossed into your favorite salads.
When we think of summer, we can’t help but think of sweet watermelons. These are the perfect summer snack to enjoy by the pool or during a hot afternoon. Whole watermelons can be sliced and diced to fit any occasion. These are a favorite among kids and are perfect for weekend get-togethers!
Looking for a sweet treat during the summer? Add cherries to your grocery list! These are the perfect snack for kids and adults alike. Plus, they make the best addition to your summer desserts like pies and cobblers.
Every summer meal can benefit from a little flavor upgrade with in-season herbs. Spice up your lunches and dinners with the following summer herbs:
Shop Our Wide Selection of In-Season Produce at Ward’s Supermarket
If you are looking for a large selection of fresh and quality produce, stop by Ward’s Supermarket in Gainesville. We have everything you need to make your summer sweet and savory, no matter the weather!