What's in Season?

Winter, spring, summer, and fall each offer their own unique fruits and vegetables for distinct seasonal flavor. Learn to choose and use each season's best.

Summer Produce Guide

O summer... Celebrate with us the sweet joys of fruits and the luscious crunch of vegetables.

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You can find fresh watermelons between May and September, but they are at their peak from mid-June to late August. To select, choose a firm, symmetrical, unblemished melon with a dull rind, without cracks or soft spots, that barely yields to pressure. Some people swear by the “thump” test, but experts say that method is unreliable for determining ripeness. Rather, look for a pale yellow patch, indicating where the watermelon sat on the ground while ripening on the vine.

Watermelon Margaritas
Summer Pea, Watermelon, and Farro Salad 
Watermelon-Jalapeno Ice Pops 
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-Jalapeño Salsa 
Flank Steak with Grilled Mango and Watermelon Chutney

See More: All About Melons

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Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto