Summer Fresh, Anywhere

Here’s how to find summer’s bounty even if you live in the city.

As summer approaches, the season of fresh fruits and veggies does too. Whether you’re a resident of farm country or you’re living it up in the big city, getting fresh, in-season fruits and veggies can be easy and accessible for all. There are also things you can do to ensure you’re getting the freshest fruits and veggies at the right price.

Below are some things to look for or keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for your bounty.

Farmer’s Market Tips:

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is another great way to receive local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer. CSA farmers allow consumers to buy memberships or subscriptions that entitle them to a share of farm-fresh produce regularly throughout the farming season. Typically a CSA box or bag includes mainly vegetables or fruits, but farmers may offer other products as well.

CSA Tips:

Grocery delivery has expanded to include meat, seafood, milk and other staples that are better fresh. Companies like Greensbury, Top O’ the Morn Farms and Farm to Home Milk are just a few organizations that are beginning to offer delivery of farm-fresh products straight to your home. Typically, these organizations source their products right from American farms instead of overseas growers, like many big box grocery chains do.

Fresh for Your Grill and Breakfast Table—Tips:

At the end of the day, it’s about enjoying real food, grown by the people in your community. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or a small town. The resources to develop strong local economies and enjoy meals together are what make the local-food movement such an inspiration.

The Dirty Dozen Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases the Dirty Dozen, a list of produce that contains the highest concentration of pesticides. Consumers should always try to purchase organically grown varieties of these items to reduce exposure: • Strawberries • Spinach • Nectarines • Apples • Peaches • Pears • Cherries • Grapes • Celery • Tomatoes • Sweet Bell Peppers • Potatoes

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