Hey all! Happy Wednesday.

So, I was at a complete loss for what to write about today..That is until my ever-helpful coworker proposed the idea of doing a Fruits & Veggies post; more specifically – What’s in season? What’s cheapest right now?

The hard truth is this: SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER.  It’s late August, and that means we have only got a handful of weeks to get in all these delicious berries and fresher than ever vegetables.  Have you been cooking at home? Grilling? Making amazing salads?  If the answer is no, then its time to hop to it.  Here are some shopping suggestions…

Fruits

The obvious…

Watermelon, blueberries, strawberries:  Try buying juicy, ripened watermelon in December.  Yeah, not gonna happen.  Blueberries are at their most pocket-friendly state at this time.  I bought a decent sized container for $2.99 yesterday! Ridiculous for NYC standards.

Try throwing any of the above on an arugula salad with feta cheese and a light dressing.  Ummm, mouthwatering.

The not so obvious….

Sweet cherries, raspberries, plums, apricots: Sweet cherries are an absolute FAVORITE snack of mine.  Pitted, juicy, and full of antioxidants, get these NOW for they will positively disappear once summer is over.

August is the best month for raspberries.  Try warming some raspberries in the microwave for 30 seconds, then smear over a cracker with brie cheese.  Again, mouthwatering.  I love fruit and cheese, can you tell?

Veggies

The obvious….

Summer squash, corn, tomatoes: If you haven’t grilled summer squash yet for an amazing side dish, I command you to tonight! Soft yet still “crunchy”, and full of flavor.

CORN: Reminder to myself – eat more corn before summer ends! I’ve had corn on the cob only a few times this summer, and each time I am amazed at just how flavorful it can be.  You’ll never have dry corn in the summertime, that’s for sure.  I like mine grilled, buttered, and  smothered in cinnamon.

The not so obvious….

Beets, green beans, cucumbers: Beets are amazing.  Use them in a veggie juice or in a fantastic salad.  If you’ve never tried beets, I encourage you to.  Most people think they don’t like them, but then come to find that they do.

A cucumber salad is probably one of the simplest and greatest tasting things you can make in the summer.  Chop up some cucumbers into thin slices, then toss in a bowl with red wine vinegar, sugar, sea salt and pepper for a fresh, summer taste.  Cucumbers are mostly water, making them perfectly hydrating for summer.

Well, hope this helps! Get to the product department before its too late!  Have fun with food, and let us know what you come up with.

Thanks Mags :)