Cruising through the local farmers market is a great visual map on its own to find out what’s in season. Talk to the farmers. Ask them when [insert favorite fruit or veggie here] will be ready and willing, why it’s not available yet, if that beloved produce is having a good year so far, etc. The prices will be lower at the market if you wait for the third or fourth week that the specific item is in season. Shopping at farmers markets is the best way to avoid food grown from afar in other countries. Shipped-in produce will contain more pesticides and chemicals on their skins due to methods used for transport preservation.
Below is a general list of June-friendly produce, specific to North America. Pick out a few favorites from the list, and make sure to get ‘em while they’re hot. Also- use this awesome interactive guide to find what’s specifically special and local in your state.
• Bell Peppers
• Lettuces & Salad Leaves
Picking the Right (or Ripe) Produce:
While several farmers supply fruits and vegetables in various stages of ripeness, many pricemarked produce will be offered already ripe, or will be on their merry way in the next two days. By contrast, supermarket selections are usually harvested before they are completely ripened to buffer those extra days of transport. Ask when the fruit was picked – the fresher the better. The seller’s answer will reveal if they are the farmer that grew and picked the produce him or herself or if there was a middleman involved. Also, try not to man-handle the darlings. There’s a general rule of the more produce that’s touched, the more should be bought. Farmers market fruits (especially organic) bruise easier than store-bought. To check if a fruit is ripe – go ahead and smell the stem. It’s not rude: the stronger the scent, the more ripe the fruit.