Before we get started with July go check out the May and June editions of our What’s In Season Now series, if you haven’t seen them already. Depending on the climate in your locale and the weather your area has experienced this year some — or many — of the suggestions in those columns may still be applicable.
In most places the strawberry season is coming to a close, but those blueberries I mentioned following close behind last month are about to spread their bounty and they will be followed by blackberries and raspberries — both domestic and wild will make an appearance this month — so, luckily, the berry season itself is far from making it’s grand exit for the year.
The tomatoes we talked about last month are now hitting full stride — mostly regardless of geography — as well. I love perusing the stands for interesting heirloom varieties I’ve never tried before. Make a note of those you most enjoy so you remember which to buy extras of — or plant in your own garden or patio pots — next year. Some of our tried and true favorites include Black Krim (my personal favorite), Mr. Stripey (my youngest will devour these by the bushel if I let her), and Green Zebra.
Beside them you’ll probably be able to find beets, carrots, peas, summer squash, zucchini, onions, peaches, plums, early apples, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh corn on the cob and herbs of all kinds as July truly marks the height of the summer growing season in many places.
Though, these days, meats are mostly year round in their availability every type tends to have a season all its own nonetheless. Be on the lookout this month for fresh lamb to round out meals made with any of the above.
New to Farmer’s Market shopping? Our 2009 guide, How To Shop Farmer’s Markets, contains helpful tips and tricks to help make the most of your trip. From what to take to how to spot a bargain, it’s all there.
Until next time, happy local shopping, happy local eating!