Summer at the Farmer’s Market: A Buying Guide
July brings onions, carrots, berries, zucchini and other summer squash. It’s also time for tomatoes. Patterson recommends trying different heirloom varieties: “Some are tart, some sweet like candy, some meaty, some juicy.” Each type has different indications of ripeness, but the goal is to select fruits that have hit the perfect sweet spot—not too firm and not too soft.
In August, expect potatoes, chard, turnips, celery and collard greens. When fresh corn arrives at the end of the month, look for full, uniform kernels. The tuft on the end should be brown and dried out; this indicates it was left on the stalk long enough.
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