Summer Seasonal Produce

Summer is a great time to fall in love with fruits and vegetables. Juicy fruits, crisp vegetables, and a rainbow of colors make summer produce a great pick. Seasonal produce adds new colors, textures, and flavors to our meals and it tends to be less expensive than out-of-season fresh fruits and vegetables.

You can explore the seasonal produce options highlighted by the USDA, or check out our favorite summer seasonal produce below. We’ve also shared tested and true recipes for each pick. Keep in mind that if the fresh options are not available or are not a good buy for your budget, dried, frozen, or canned are all great options too!

Three apricots with green leaves on a white background


Yellow-orange with a little fuzz on the skin, apricots are one of the juicy fruits of summer. They are high in vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. Enjoy apricots just as they are, or get creative by baking or grilling them. Dried apricots also make a great addition to trail mix and granola.

Apricot facts

Recipe: Apricot Crisp

Beets, one whole, one sliced


Beets are a root vegetable best known for their distinctive purple color. They can also be white or yellow. Beets are a food source of fiber and folate. Try them roasted, mashed, pickled, or steamed.

Beet facts

Recipe: Leaf Finger Salad

Yellow, red, and orange bell peppers on a white background

Bell peppers

Bell peppers come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are a versatile veggie that provides vitamins C and A, potassium, and fiber. Try them stuffed, in stir-fry, or on tacos!

Bell pepper facts

Recipe: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Pile of blueberries


Plump and dusty blue, blueberries are a nice contrast to more colorful berries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins K and C as well as fiber. Try blueberries in muffins, quick breads, pancakes, smoothies, toppings for vegetable salads, fruit salads, in popsicles, parfaits, or eaten as a snack plain with some nuts or cheese!

Blueberry facts

Recipe: Blueberry Pancakes

Pile of fresh green beans on a white background

Green beans

Green beans are a versatile veggie that are often a star in side dishes this time of year. Full of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium, green beans are delicious in casseroles, soups, stir-fry, and on their very own.

Green bean facts

Recipe: Green Bean & Rice Casserole

Fuzzy ripe peach on a white background


Juicy, sweet, and tender, peaches are a favorite summer fruit. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, fiber, and folate. While they are perfect just as they are, they are also delicious grilled and baked, added to smoothies, and in parfaits.

Peach facts

Recipe: Peach Bran Muffins

Pile of raspberries


Perfect for little fingers to grab, raspberries are busting with a sweet tartness that tickles the taste buds. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants. Try them on their own, in baked goods or smoothies, added to salads, or in yogurt parfaits.

Raspberry facts

Recipe: Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Three strawberries, one cut in half, on a white background


With their bright red color, strawberries are beautiful and delicious. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Try them added to salads, oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and parfaits. They are also delicious in crisps and cobblers.

Strawberry facts

Recipe: Strawberry Summer Salad

Green tomatillos in a pile


Tomatillos are type of fruit similar to tomatoes that originated in Mexico. They are a member of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants. The look like tomatoes and have a dry, papery husk on the outside. They can come in green, purple, or yellow varieties. Tomatillos are a good source of potassium and vitamin K. Try them in salsa and soup!

Tomatillo facts

Recipe: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Zucchini squash with blosson


Zucchini is a type of summer squash that grows well in Wyoming. It has a soft green skin that can be eaten. Zucchini can be eaten raw, but has the best flavor when cooked. Zucchini is a good source of fiber, folate, and potassium. Try Zucchini or other summer squash roasted, baked, grilled, sautéed, or sliced and served raw.

Zucchini facts

Recipe: Baked Zucchini Fries

Seasonal produce can vary by area and it is only a good buy if you can use it before it goes bad. Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned produce are all delicious ways to make half your plate fruits and vegetables! Jump into seasonal produce and enjoy the harvest on your plate.

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This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

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