Produce availability may differ depending on where you live. Fresh produce is abundant during the summer months because the sun and warm weather provide the optimal environment for fruit and vegetable plants to grow.
Typical vegetables available during July are peppers, corn, cucumbers, carrots, summer squash, tomatoes, and spinach.
Finding fresh fruit during the summer should not be too difficult either! Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, and pears are just a few tasty fruits that are available.
Who doesn’t love a good fruit parfait? Use fresh blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and vanilla yogurt with some granola to make a fruit parfait.
What local produce is available to you in July? Ask the children what they would like to see offered at meals or snacks. Provide a few menu options with fresh, local produce and have the kids vote on their favorites. Incorporate a delicious menu item each week during July that highlights local produce from your area. A few things to make are cheesy summer squash, a simple spinach salad with fresh tomatoes and peppers, or a veggie snack with fresh carrots, cucumbers, and hummus.