Summer time is the ultimate heaven for summer local foods. The warmer weather that is only here for such a short time in Canada, so make the most of it! One of our favourite things about the warmer weather is getting to enjoy delicious summer local foods. If you haven’t tried local produce, we HIGHLY recommend giving it a try during these warmer months.
We’ve done a round up of five of our favourite summer local foods:
Greenhouse tomatoes are typically available year round in Canada, but truly nothing beats fresh, local field tomatoes. You can enjoy them local from July to October. Did you know that over 300 varieties of tomatoes grow in Ontario?! Since we’re all about using local foods in our products, you’ll find local Ontario tomatoes in our Tomato Basil soup grown in Essex County.
Nothing quite says summer like watermelon! Hydrating and delicious, watermelon makes the perfect summer treat. You can find watermelon in season in Ontario from July to September. They can be quite large and intimidating to cut, but they are worth the work! We love blending them up with local berries and ice to make a hydrating slushi for a hot summer day.
It’s sweet corn season in Canada! Corn can get a bit of a bad reputation, but many of the preconceptions of corn aren’t accurate. We have an ingredient spotlight post all about corn that you can find here. You can find local sweet corn in our Black Bean Chili.
Sweet strawberries are the candy of summer. Not only are they delicious on their own, but stocking up on local summer berries from the market are great for preserving into jams so you can enjoy local food year round.
A big head of kale can be great for summer salads, but we also love it in soups! Kale is the star of our Kale Vegetable Barley soup. The soup is filled with a ton of veggies along with barley to make a hearty meal.
What’s your favourite spring fruit or veggie? We’d love to hear from you! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find us on Pinterest where we share our favourite local, sustainable recipes.