Summer is the season of plenty: plenty of sun, fun, and delicious eats. Fresh, colorful produce overtakes local farmer’s markets, and kids and parents can reap many health benefits by enjoying this nutrient-rich fare.
Keep in mind that while most markets carry a variety of interesting produce grown nearby, where you live may make a difference in which fruits or vegetables are sold. The growing regions given for the following 10 fruits and veggies are major producers, but small local farms across the U.S. may raise all of these crops.
For a fun family day, look for pick-your-own farms and use our quick cooking and prep tips for each of the fruits and vegetables to maximize nutrition and minimize the time you need to spend in the kitchen. After all, summer is about enjoying the long, carefree, sunny days outside.
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