Recognized by the North American Blueberry Council as “National Blueberry Month” in July we tempt your taste buds with the wide variety of produce available in our region over the summer. Along with blueberries, July is the harvest period for cherries, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries, not to mention a wide variety of vegetables. Here’s a helpful chart of what’s in season in New York. A great way to stay up to date on available produce is to sign up for the City of Rochester’s Market Mattersnewsletter.
Despite knowledge that fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone’s diet, the CDC estimates that only 1 in 10 adults achieve the minimum recommended daily serving suggestions: 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables.
As we enter the peak season of fresh, local produce, why not re-commit to reaching this goal today? One of the best places to find fresh produce is at your local farmer’s market. Visit the RocHealthData map room to find a market near you. While there, try layering other maps of interest such as fruit and vegetable consumption by census tract and the percent of the low-income population living near a farmer’s market.
And, check out these creative fruit salads for your Fourth of July get-together:
Registered Dietitians at the Center for Community Health & Prevention of the University of Rochester Medical Center recommend these yummy recipes during berry season:
Summer Fruit Salsa: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ancho-garlic-steaks-with-summer-salsa/
Strawberry-Corn Salsa: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-corn-salsa/
Strawberry Cucumber Melon Salad: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-cucumber-honeydew-salad/