What's in Season: Summer

July 03, 2017
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Even though another year brings us some aftereffects of a cold winter, cool spring and late frosts, do not despair for the markets this summer. The farmers of our region are seasoned, and the bounty of quality fruits and vegetables they bring to the summer markets will continue to amaze you. Don’t miss out—shop early and shop often!

As always, do your best to preserve some of this year’s local bounty at its peak of flavor by freezing, canning and pickling. Every jar will make a difference later in the year—not just in your grocery bill but in your health and happiness, too, as you open the lid and take in the delicious sense of summer once again.

Fresh Produce at the Markets in Summer

JULY AND AUGUST

VEGETABLES
Peas (sugarsnap, snow and English)
Spinach and chard
Lettuce
Cilantro
Garlic scapes
Radishes
Kohlrabi
Mushrooms (shiitake, oyster and wild)
Summer squash and zucchini
Early onions and scallions
Basil, dill and parsley
Cucumbers
Kale, collard and mustard greens
Green beans, all kinds
Young garlic
Shallots
Tomatoes
Cabbages
Turnips
Broccoli
Edamame beans
Sweet corn
Green peppers
Cauliflower
Fennel
Celery
Carrots
Artichokes
New potatoes
Eggplant
Beets
Chile peppers
Sweet peppers
Tomatillos

FRUITS
Strawberries
Cherries (sweets, then tarts)
Saskatoons
Blueberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Apricots
Currants
Gooseberries
Peaches and nectarines
Melons
Summer apples
Plums
Pears

ALSO AT THE MARKETS
Wild and cultivated mushrooms
Locally raised meats (chicken, pork, beef, lamb)
Great Lakes fish
Free-range eggs
Local cheeses
Pickles and cultured veggies
Jams, jellies and chutneys
Michigan maple syrup
Local honey
Milk and ice cream
Breads and pastries
Garden plants 

Article from Edible Grande Traverse at http://ediblegrandetraverse.ediblecommunities.com/recipes/whats-season-summer-2
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