What’s in Season – Summer 2016


Special thanks to Chef Jarvis Williams of Carnevor and SURG Restaurant Group, for this beautiful grilled watermelon salad.

Late June through Early September

List by Francie Szostak
Photography by Joe Laedtke

While most Wisconsinites begin to relax at the arrival of summer weather, I enter full-on panic mode. Seeing gardens and farmers markets brimming with produce sets off my “so-much-produce-but-so-little-time” syndrome as I recognize the short window we have to enjoy these seasonal treats. So, what do I do to lower my blood pressure? I make a plan.

I focus on enjoying early summer delicacies like sugar snap peas and strawberries before hot-weather showstoppers like raspberries, sweet corn and tomatoes, ripen up. I also make double batches of soups and salsas, and freeze extra veggies at each stage of the summer season, lest any of its bounty slip through my fingers. This strategy not only alleviates my stressful symptoms, but allows me to savor summer produce at my pace.

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli Carrots
  • Chard Cherries
  • Chokeberries
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumbers
  • Currants
  • Dill
  • Eggplant Fennel
  • Frisee
  • Garlic
  • Garlic scapes
  • Green onions
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Marjoram
  • Melons
  • Mushrooms
  • Napa cabbage
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet onions
  • Strawberries
  • Tatsoi
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini


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