Fresh Ohio Produce: Which Fruits and Veggies to Buy Now

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Late summer is a wonderful time to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables alike. As summer ends and fall begins, the weather is just right for ripe produce. As you wander through the grocery store or at your local farmers market, the following are the fruits and veggies that you should definitely pick up while they are in season!

The flavors of an in-season, locally grown fruit or veggie can differ greatly from one that is imported in the off-season. To harness all of the beautiful flavors of your locally grown produce, here are some ideas for how to prepare them!

Breakfast

There’s nothing like a refreshing morning smoothie. Blend together your own unique mixture of any of the ripe fruits and veggies (bolded) this August and you will not be disappointed!

Lunch

If you like trying different types of salads, you are in for a treat as late summer approaches.  Lettuce is ripe and ready at this time, but there are any number of combinations of fresh fruits and veggies that create delicious salads. Try this absolutely delicious Spinach-Grape Chopped Salad. Or, if you are feeling like trying something a little more adventurous, try a kale salad with peaches and corn! However, if you are less adventurous, you can always stick with a tried and true tomato and cucumber salad!

Snacks

Nothing is more refreshing in mid-August than a fresh fruit salad – especially when all of the ingredients are in-season. Be sure to include blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, cantaloupe and apples!

Whether you enjoy hot peppers, sweet peppers or bell peppers, all kinds of peppers taste wonderful when they are mixed with other in-season veggies (cilantro, tomatoes, and onions) and made into a delicious Pico De Gallo that you can share with your family and friends.

Dinner

This season would not be complete without the arrival of fresh, ripe eggplant. For dinner, try an eggplant lasagna or grilled eggplant recipe.

Desert

Fresh, crisp apples make for delicious deserts if you are tired of eating them raw. After you peel and slice your apples, add cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, some additional ingredients and heat them on the stove!

Other in-season fruits and veggies include beans (lima, snap, pole), beets, cabbage, collards, carrots, potatoes, okra, radishes, squash and turnip greens. (This information provided by http://ourohio.org/food/whats-in-season)

How do you like to prepare these in-season fruits and veggies? What are your favorite, fresh, late-summer recipes to prepare for your family and friends?

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