The Summer and early Fall months offer plentiful, gorgeous, far-cheaper-and-better-and-more-local produce than most other times of the year. Starting with asparagus and rhubarb in the Spring and ending with cabbage and squash in the Fall, the fruits of the season are incredibly enjoyable.
Take advantage of it!
For example, in my part of the world, tomatoes, peaches, and cucumbers are currently at their peak. Lucky me!
The first thing you need to do? Get your butt to a Farmer’s Market, a local Farm stand, or even to your local grocery store. Buy up loads of gorgeous, in-season produce.
Turn all of those tomatoes into a sauce, a stew, a salsa– anything! Store it, jar it, can it…
…and enjoy it all Winter long!
And as for those peaches, even if jams or jellies aren’t your thing, there’s plenty you can do with them. My favourite? Slice them, bag them, and freeze them for smoothies!
Boil them for about five to ten seconds, and watch how easily the skins peel off.
Voila! Perfect, ready-to-be-frozen peaches in a flash.
Cut them up, throw them in a ziplock bag, and forget about them… until you need them, that is! Not only will this trick save you money on frozen fruit, but it’ll keep the delicious taste of Peach Season in your mouth long into the Winter months.
The moral of the story? Seize the produce day. Take advantage of what’s hot, cheap, and delicious when it is hot, cheap, and delicious. A little bit of time and effort, and both your wallets and waistlines will thank me… happy harvest season!