In-Season Produce to Add to Your Summer Shopping List
There are many compelling reasons to eat seasonally. A seasonal diet is more likely to include local produce, and eating locally supports your own community and reduces the environmental effects of long-distance food transportation. Plus, seasonal foods are more flavorful and affordable. If you live in Colorado, keep an eye out for the following seasonal produce in the summer.
June marks the appearance of longer days. This means there is more sunshine to ripen delectable fruits like cherries, strawberries, and blueberries. These fruits are favorites for pie baking, but you can also use them in smoothies and as toppers for cereal and ice cream. If you go overboard and buy more berries than your family can eat, consider canning jam. If you’re pressed for time, you can freeze the berries instead and enjoy them later. June is also a great time to look for seasonal favorites like new potatoes, fennel, and scallions. And of course, lettuces will ripen throughout the summer and into the fall.
If June belongs to fruits, then July is definitely characterized by the plethora of fresh vegetables available. Vegetables like sweet corn, tomatoes, broccoli, and green beans will have had enough time to ripen. Cucumbers, shallots, chard, celery, and beets are also in season in July. You can plan on making lots of salads, but also look for other ways of enjoying veggies, such as grilling them.
August offers a nice mix of seasonal fruits and veggies. Look for eggplant, carrots, and cauliflower, which are great for roasting. You’ll also find kale, chili peppers, cabbage, zucchini, peppers, radicchio, and collard greens in season. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, check out the seasonal stone fruits and melons, like cantaloupe and apricots.
You can shop for tasty, seasonal produce at the Clark Store in Steamboat Springs, CO. In addition to groceries, this local hot spot features a full-service liquor store, coffee house, and eatery. To inquire about their hours or inventory, you can call (970) 879-3849.