Summertime

There’s just something about watermelon that loudly announces the start of summer. Think about it, you wouldn’t lug around a container of turnips at the beach, you most likely would not serve cabbage at a picnic, and I don’t think onion slices would be a very tasty poolside snack. When it comes to summertime snacks, watermelon is tops!

But don’t neglect the other guys in the produce aisle, with the turn of the season comes fresh new summer produce. One of the wonderful things about Texas in July (definitely not the humidity) is the colorful array of seasonal produce it offers. Shopping seasonally not only saves your hard-earned cash, but gives you the opportunity to purchase your fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness. And if you choose to buy local, you can also feel good about the fact that you’re supporting local agriculture and boosting the business of your “neighbors”. Being neighborly is what being a Texan is all about right?!

Here is a list of seasonal produce for the month of July:

Apples,
Blueberries,
Cabbage,
Cantaloupes,
Carrots ,
Cucumber,
Herbs,
Honeydew Melon,
Mushrooms ,
Nectarines,
Onions ,
Peaches,
Pears,
Peppers,
Plums,
Potatoes,
Summer squash,
Tomatoes,
Turnips,
Watermelon

*If you’re not a native of the Lone Star State, you can find your states produce calendar on the NRDC website, simply follow this link and enter your state.

http://www.nrdc.org/health/foodmiles/fullyear.asp?state=45

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