National Fruits & Vegetables Month: 5 Ways to Celebrate

Adriana Velez


Photo by Shari Altman
Last week, I talked about June being Great Outdoors Month, but did you know that June is also National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Here are a few ideas for celebrating the bounty of summer produce.

  • Buy locally grown produce. Visit Local Harvest to find a farmers' market or farm stand near you. I always enjoy visiting with my local farmers at the farmers' market. It's a great place to get recipe ideas, too.
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit each week this month. Have your children eaten jicama, papaya, celery root? Take your children along to the grocery store and let them choose a vegetable they'd like to sample. Research recipes together online or in cookbooks.
  • Visit a pick-your-own berry farm. Enjoy some berries now and freeze or preserve some for later. There's nothing like fresh berries for dessert or homemade jam in the winter!
  • Add a new edible plant to your landscape. Even if you don't have room for a garden, could you add a climbing vine or a bush? Explore these possibilities: currants, gooseberries, elderberry, kiwi, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.
  • Plan a fresh fruit and veggie feast to share outdoors around the picnic table. Aim to eat only foods that have not been packaged. A simple menu could include a tossed salad, corn on the cob, string beans, sliced tomatoes, and mixed berries for dessert.

Do you have any ideas for celebrating National Fruits and Vegetable Month?

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