Summer is in full swing. Swimming, backyard BBQs, and countless other outdoor actives fill up our weekends and evenings. But it also means that many fruits and vegetables are in season. From farmers markets to grocery stores, shopping in season can be a strategy for saving money while eating healthy.

While it’s not surprising, corn is one of the biggest crops over the summer months. But the bounty isn’t limited to that. You can super charge your salads with a wide variety of cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, and celery. There’s no shortage of fruits either. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more can be found fresh. There’s also squash, zucchini, and eggplant to make delicious and nutritious entrees.

See the image above for a full list of in season fruits and vegetables.

Recipes to try

One of my favorite summer dishes is coleslaw, but not all are created equal. I find many to be smothered with too much mayonnaise or other toppings. Fresh cabbage should be your main ingredient for coleslaw. Cabbage is also great for fermenting. If you’re looking for something cooked, try the ratatouille. Simply click on the image for the recipe.

Lite Summer Coleslaw

Summer Vegetable Ratatouille

If you’re stumped for good summer recipes try sites like myfridgefood.com and supercook.com to get you started. You can also check out other article on squeezing whole foods out of a tight budget to learn more about shopping in-season and what to look for at the store. If you’d like to see more recipes or have any questions, please leave a comment or reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.