What food is in season in August? My favorite food is in season in August! There isn’t one thing on this list that I don’t just love! In fact, I have 2 boxes of peaches coming in a few weeks! Straight from Colorado’s western slopes! There aren’t enough exclamation points in this world to convey how excited I am!
Isn’t it a great time of year to just eat?
Just a word of caution. Many of these are on the dirty dozen list. Try to buy these organically grown or from a farmer you know whose farming practices you trust.
Here is what you should be finding at your local farmer’s market or grocers and how to store it so it stays fresh until you’re ready to serve it.
Corn: The fresher you get it, the better it tastes, so buy from a local farmer! Look for ears that are tightly wrapped in the husk – which should be green not brown. Pull back to look at the kernels. The kernels should be plump and come all the way to the tip. Store corn in its husk in the refrigerator, remembering that each day it loses a little sweetness, so eat it sooner rather than later!
Cucumbers: Look for firm, green cucumbers. If you try to avoid the seeds, look for skinnier cucumbers as they will have less. Cucumbers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Green Beans: Green beans should be firm and snap when you bend them in half. Store wrapped loosely in plastic in the fridge. Green beans do not store well and should be used soon after purchasing.
Plums: Ripe fruit is soft to the touch and should be eaten as soon after purchase as possible! Underripe fruit is hard and needs to be placed in a brown paper bag and left out at room temperature to ripen. Ripe fruit needs to go in the fridge, which will help slow the ripening process.
Pears: Pears are tricky. They can quickly turn from hard and underripe to mushy. Buy pears that are slightly firm and allow to ripen at room temperature over a few days. To test for ripeness, press gently near the stem. When it yields to light pressure, you know it is ready.
Peaches: Peaches are another fruit that will ripen when left in a paper bag at room temperature. Look for peaches without any brown spots.
Raspberries: The fall bearing canes should be starting to fruit this time of year. All berries when purchased should be brightly colored and fragrant. Avoid any signs of mushy berries. Eat immediately after purchase.
Red Grapes: Just in time for lunchboxes, red grapes are showing up at the markets and are reasonably priced. I happen to be of the opinion that you should taste one before purchasing to really know if they are ripe. If you don’t buy these organically grown, make sure to wash them well as pesticides are used heavily on grapes.