Here we’re edging into summertime and Farmers’ Markets abound! Every time I visit my local Farmer’s Market, I find the most colorful displays of vegetables and a bounty of great homemade breads and other baked goods from local vendors. Even though you may not live in or near an agricultural community, here is some basic information to let you know that your vegetables are at their freshest? Even at the grocery store, this handy little guide will help you find the vegetables that are at the peak of the season to ensure crispness.
However, some vegetables are at their peak during early summer rather than when the season begins changing into early autumn. All these vegetables have a rather short maturation period which permits them to peak at the start of summer and the mother plant starts to grow ineffective as the weather grows drier and drier. This is also the peak time to select bright yellow summer squash which is a smaller variety of your skillet.
Vegetables with a short maturation period and a long performance period (so that they bear fruit consistently for a longer time) will also be prevalent this time of year and into early fall. These vegetables consist of broccoli, cucumbers (long or short ), and tomatoes. Lettuce, spinach and sweet corn are also very good choices for this time of year because they grow rapidly and most farmers keep a constant crop of these throughout the summer periods. Early autumn brings about a bountiful crop of squash, pumpkins and zucchini.
Since each of these vegetables are at their peak performance period, they may also be purchased cheaply. Especially at Farmer’s Markets since they don’t have to go through rigorous FDA testing criteria and packaging. Each of these vegetables can be frozen either by scalding methods or freezing directly so you can enjoy fresh vegetables all year long without paying high prices in the winter once the crops are gone.
Be sure to stop by your local Farmer’s Market! Not only will you be getting the best veggies your local area has to offer but you will also be supporting your local farmers!