Summer offers a bounty of fresh produce. Strolling through the farmer’s market and shopping local produce is one of my favorite ways to kick off a healthy week. Each week I challenge myself to try something new – the experiment is half the fun! Farmer’s Markets offer local seasonal produce – maximizing flavor and nutrients, while helping to cut down on environmental pollution (all at a low cost to you).
What’s in season now?
Cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, kale, watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricot, kiwis, figs, and plums. (YUM)
Here’s some tips for picking the sweetest fruits:
Watermelon: The heavier the watermelon – the juicier the inside! Look for a yellow “sun spot” on the bottom. Always wash the watermelon before cutting into it to avoid contaminating the inside with bacteria.
Peaches: Opt for organic here! Peaches are found to have one of the highest amount of pesticides. For the sweetest peaches, look for a darker skin with a soft give. (avoid storing in the fridge – it dilutes the flavor!) Want to speed up ripening? Place it in a brown paper bag!
Kale: Look for full dark green bunches! Store in a dry paper towel lined zip-lock bag in the fridge for up to a week.
Here are some more tips!
Bring your own bag: canvas totes, back-packs, beach bags, etc. You’ll be able to carry more and help the environment by avoiding plastics.
Try something new! Ask the vendor questions for samples or how to prepare it- you’ll never know what you’ll love!
If you find yourself seeking the same samples – it’s time to cough up! Treat yourself and buy it.