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Summer Fruits and Veggies

Eating seasonally has many benefits, both nutritionally and financially. In America, we’re used to having access to what foods we want when we want them. While this can be convenient, it can also deter shoppers from the benefits of fruits and vegetables that they may not normally eat. Summer is the perfect time to start experimenting with seasonal eating. Farmer’s markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and grocery store prices on many favorite foods are lowered!

The Economics of Seasonal Eating

Eating foods that are being grown and harvested at the time of year that you are buying and cooking them seems simple, but what many don’t realize is that it can make a big impact on their budget! When certain fruits and veggies are out of season, the scarcity of produce drives prices up for those items. On the other hand, when produce is in season, the overabundance of the item drives prices down.

What Fruits & Veggies are in Season?

Seasonal produce is not only cheaper, but also usually fresher and better-tasting than their un-seasonal counterparts. Fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of the season and shipped over shorter distances to local grocery stores, meaning that it doesn’t spoil on the trip and retains more of its flavor.

Veggies in season during the summer:

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Okra
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Zucchini

Fruits in season during the summer:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Lemon
  • Limes
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Summer is peak season for many delicious fruits and veggies. The produce listed above is only a small representation of the produce that is available during the summer. Another benefit to eating in season is the opportunity to experiment with more fruits and vegetables than you may have eaten otherwise. A variety of produce makes it easier to eat healthier and enjoy trying new things. As different fruits and vegetables reach their peak season, don’t hesitate to experiment with new foods. You’ll benefit from lower food prices and higher nutritional value all at once!

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