Making the Most of Local Foods in the Summer

fruits and veggiesSECCO Home Services is a local company, so it only makes sense that we support local businesses.  And in the summer, there is nothing better than to enjoy some of central Pennsylvania’s local foods!

Okay, okay… we can hear you now:

  • “Wait!  I’m not a cook!  I wouldn’t know where to begin.”
  • “My kids will NEVER eat something that isn’t in ‘nugget’ form.”
  • “Local foods are too expensive.”

The truth is that:

a)      You don’t have to be a great chef to enjoy local foods.

b)      You might be surprised how open kids are to eating foods, especially when they help prepare them.

c)       Buying local foods is economical because most people tend to eat them quickly, producing less waste.

In the Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg and Hershey areas, you’ll find a bevy of different types of fruits, vegetables and herbs available this time of year.  Try any or all of the following, and look for fast, easy recipes online if you want to prepare new dishes or work with unfamiliar ingredients.

Common Central PA Summertime Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Berries (e.g., blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Melons (e.g., cantaloupes, honeydew, watermelon)
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Limes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums

Common Central PA Summertime Veggies:

  • Avocados
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Lettuce
  • New Potatoes
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash

Common Central PA Summertime Herbs:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary

If you’re not sure where to buy local foods, check out the many different Farmers Markets and Co-ops that advertise online and in the paper.  You’ll feel healthier, and you’ll be supporting your neighbors!

(What are your favorite summer recipes?  Share them with us at our SECCO Facebook page!)

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