Ontario Fresh Produce – what’s in season in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summertime and the living is … easy?  Sweaty most assuredly but easy is up for debate. What summertime does bring is amazing Ontario produce. The Weston Village Farmers’ Market is brimming with fresh fruit and vegetables that are not to be missed.

I know it’s mid-July and it’s a little late in the game to offer up a list of seasonal food for this month, but perhaps you can forgive me under the clause of, “it’s better late than never”?

I’m a huge fan of the Weston Village Farmer’s Market and think that it has the potential to be one of Toronto’s best. In the coming weeks I will be posting more about the market and about some of the folks who make it great.  I’ve spoken to numerous vendors already and it’s clear that farmers, chefs, butchers, bakers and even candlestick makers unanimously love being in Weston.  They are here rain or shine, every Saturday from May through to October and their produce and products are seriously top notch.

I also heard concern within the vendor community – there are seemingly fewer farmers and fewer patrons this year than in years past.  I have yet to talk to the BIA to discuss stats etc., but that’s one of my future stops.  For now, I will leave you with this long list of July-ready fruits and vegetables to whet your appetite in preparation for Saturday’s market.  To sweeten the pot, I’ll post about Local Basket farmer Danny Werner tomorrow and Grandpa Ken’s World Famous Peameal Sandwiches next week.

What’s your favourite produce this time of year?

  • Apricots (fresh)
  • Beans, green & wax (fresh), Beets (fresh, with or without greens), Blueberries (fresh), Broccoli (fresh)
  • Cabbage (fresh), Carrots (fresh), Cauliflower (fresh), Celery (fresh), Chard (fresh), Cherries, sweet (fresh), Cherries, sour (fresh, can also buy prep’d & frozen), Corn (fresh), Cucumber (fresh field), Currants (fresh)
  • Gooseberries (fresh)
  • Kohlrabi (fresh)
  • Lettuce (fresh)
  • Onions (fresh; often sold with the greens)
  • Peas (fresh), Plums-Yellow (fresh),Potatoes (fresh)
  • Radiccio (fresh), Rapini (fresh), Raspberries (fresh), Rutabaga (fresh)
  • Spinach (fresh; hard to find as really prefers cooler weather), Strawberries (fresh, traditional varieties)
  • Tomatoes (fresh field, but not until late in the month), Turnips (fresh)
  • Zucchini/Other summer squash (fresh)

This list was compiled through information provided by Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide and other similar online resources.