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Posted by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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This is a fabulous time of year to be a healthy eater. Just about everything good is in season, just got done being in season, or is almost ripe and will be ready in a week or two. Depending on where you are in the country, you can enjoy grapes fresh off the vine, peaches bursting with flavor or corn so fresh and sweet it needs nothing more than a few minutes in boiling water for peak deliciousness (no butter or salt required!).

But it's hard to know exactly what is best right now in your part of the country. This year's whackadoo weather (cool and wet here in the Midwest, hot on the coasts) affects things, of course. It can be hard to know if those fresh veggies at the supermarket are from down the road or across the country, and knowing what should be in season when where you live gives you a good guess as to how local it may or may not be.

Seasonal eating is also good for shopping on a budget. For example, peaches were 99 cents a pound last week at the grocery store near me; now, they're $1.99. The peaches aren't any bigger or better, it's just that peach season in Michigan has passed. Green beans were $2 a pound a week ago; now they are 88 cents. It saves money to eat with the seasons (and even more if you learn to freeze veggies properly so you can enjoy them in winter)!

This map is a good rough guide to what's in season in August. Your state department of agriculture or county extension service might have a more specific guide.  No matter what your preference is, enjoy your summer fruits and vegetables now, because before too long, winter winds will blow and ripe, fresh from the garden produce will be only a memory until next year!

What's your favorite summer fruit or vegetable?

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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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JennMcBride
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 4:03 AM
Squash and blueberries
Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM
Watermelon, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers

My list goes on
batjmom
by Sarah on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Watermelon and blackberries
Cucumbers and tomatoes
batjmom
by Sarah on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Looking forward to honeycrisp apples
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

mmm.....peaches!

sukainah
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Thanks for that map!  We like peaches and plums in the Summer.  And also, lots of berries!  Yummy!

lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Zucchini, eggplant, peaches, blueberries, etc.

arpazia
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Blueberries! And... I like peppers:)
megandwade
by Silver Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

What an awesome map! Good things to know! I think I'll go to the farmers market later today!

dusky_rose
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Yum! I love blueberries and blackberries too (not on the map because they grow wild).


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