Seasonal produce 101: What's in season, where to find it and how to eat it

Seasonal produce 101: What's in season, where to find it and how to eat it

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SALT LAKE CITY — Eating produce that is in season is the perfect way to find cheap deals, and eat the most delicious and nutritious food around. Lucky for you, Utah has plenty of awesome options.

So, what is in season right now?

In the summertime, you have lots of options. These fruits and veggies are all in season right now:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Sweet cherries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes

Where can I find the produce?

There are a couple ways that you can purchase seasonal produce.

If you prefer to shop at the grocery store, check out what’s on sale. It’s likely that the produce on sale is also in season. You get the bonus of it being both fresh and cheap. You can also chat with the produce manager in the store if you have more questions about what is currently in season.

If you are someone who enjoys going to the farmers market, there are a couple places you can in Salt Lake City. The Downtown Farmers Market is in Pioneer Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and the Liberty Park Market is open Friday evenings. You can also head up to Park City on Sundays for the Park Silly Sunday Market. Take a walk around and chat with the local vendors to learn more about their offerings.

You could also join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to purchase produce directly from local farmers and growers. Check out CSA Utah to learn how to sign up. If you join a CSA, you will receive weekly, bi-weekly or monthly boxes of fresh seasonal produce.

What are the best ways to use the produce?

Many seasonal produce items can be eaten on their own. Add peaches, pears or raspberries to your breakfast, grab a couple carrots as a snack, or take some cherries with you to the lake.

If you're looking for a way to eat more beets, try this beet, radish and avocado salad. If you really love the classic tomato and cucumber combo, try this crunchy cucumber tomato salad. You can also try this rhubarb crisp if you’re looking for a last-minute dessert idea for the Fourth of July. There are also tons of peas at the local farmers market right now; grab a bunch and make this spring pea salad.

Do you like to eat seasonal summer produce? If so, what’s your favorite fruit or veggie? Share it in the comments below.

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About the Author: Rose Mattson \------------------------------

Rose Mattson is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition, digestive disorders, and helping others develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies. She runs a Salt Lake City-based nutrition practice, through which she sees clients both locally and virtually. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, , and Pinterest. When she's not working, you can find her outside in the mountains, at the local farmer's market or scoping out the most delicious meals in the area!

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