Hard to believe it’s already July but it’s a new month so it’s time to take another look at What’s In Season for July in your area. You can check out the What’s In Season Map to see what items you might not only be able to save money on but which tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.
Here’s what in Season for Illinois:
artichokes, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, eggplant, nectarines, okra, peaches, raspberries, rhubarb
Here’s a picture of the things I picked up at our local farmer’s market this last week:
I was so happy to see that our Farmer’s Market had lots of choices for blueberries and cherries this last week. We’ve been enjoying these all week as a snack, on our pancakes/waffles and in yogurt. You can use LocalHarvest.org to see if there’s a farmer’s market near you. You might also be able to find a pick-your-own farm where you can pick berries with your family. We do this every year. Not only is it a fun outing but we have amazing blueberries all year as we freeze a lot of what we pick. The kids ask to go every year now.
What is my favorite thing to get at the farmer’s market? Honey! You can’t beat it straight from them. Even the Organic/Natural ones I’ve found in the store don’t come close to the same taste. It’s nice to add to things like Greek yogurt, smoothies, teas, etc. My kids have come to love eating it right off the spoon for a little treat.
I hope you’ll take time to enjoy some in-season items this month!