Fresh Foods for Summer

Summer is a great time in Silver Spring! One of our favorite things about summer is the fresh produce. There’s a lot of delicious produce in season for August, including blackberries, blueberries, corn, eggplant, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, and watermelon. The full calendar of fruits and vegetables will tell you what’s in season each month.

Farmers Market
Image via White Oak Market.

Here in Silver Spring, we’re lucky to have some great farmer’s markets where we can find the best local produce. The White Oak Farmers’ Market is held at nearby White Oak Middle School, with a convenient location only a short distance from our apartment communities. This rain or shine market is open every Saturday until October 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In addition to a wonderful selection of produce and tasty foods, some of our favorite finds are handmade soaps, artisan breads, fresh pickles, and gourmet cupcakes.

Another local option is the FRESHFARM Market in Downtown Silver Spring. This market takes place every Saturday on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue. The location is convenient to the Silver Spring Metro Station and free parking is available in the public garage accessible from Georgia and Wayne Avenues. Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (April through December) to shop an excellent variety of local flowers, produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, and snacks.

Whether you prefer to shop at the local farmers’ markets or from the nearby grocery store, it’s easy to find delicious summer foods to enjoy. Even though we love eating our summer fruits and vegetables fresh and raw, we have some favorite recipes for them too! Check out the links below for our staff recipe picks. What are your favorite summer recipes?

 tomatoes  corn
Cherry Tomato Salad
with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing
Grilled Corn on the Cob
 peaches  watermelon
Sautéed Peaches Grilled Watermelon
with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto