Seasonal eating is simpler for northern Nevadans now. With summer’s bounty eating healthy is easier, and more delicious, than ever. For our ancestors seasonal eating was the norm, but with fruits and vegetables available all year modern life has taken us away from our roots. So let summer reset your tastebuds to the true flavor of ripe fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of Seasonal Eating
Specifically seasonal food is fresh food. Whether you are buying veggies from a local farmer’s market or picking them of your own back yard. Of course now’s your chance to get fruits and vegetable in their prime. From kale to cauliflower to blueberries, contrary to popular belief there is no ‘single’ super vegetable or fruit.
Certainly a variety of foods is key to healthy, seasonal eating. In fact now’s the time to ditch the drive-thru, retire your oven and skip the take-out. And cooking simple nutritious meals at home is easy. Just grill it or chill it.
Seasonal Eating Favorites
Overall there’s no doubt summer has the widest variety of fruits and vegetables of any season for Nevadans. In general you can find fresh produce in a variety of places including local farmers markets, local grocers and even roadside stands.
What’s in season now:
- Berries – including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and more.
- Corn – steamed, grilled or eaten raw this is a sweet summer favorite.
- Stone Fruits – apricots, plums, pluots, and peaches.
- Squash – zuchinni.
- Melons – cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew and other varieties.
Seasonal Eating at Reno Farmers Markets
Riverside Farmers Market
Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m., June 6 through Sept. 26
McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive
Shops at the Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 1 through Sept. 28
Shops at the Village, 1119 California Ave.
Tamarack Junction Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 1 through Sept. 28
Tamarack Junction, 13101 S. Virginia St.
In addition, Nevada Grown provides a full approved list of Nevada farmer’s markets. This assures consumers are receiving produce directly from the farmer. Happy seasonal eating!