It’s easy to eat fresh, locally grown food when fruits and vegetables are as abundant and available as they are during the Summer months. And when food is more available, it’s more affordable, too.

Summer is here and with it comes an abundance of new ripe ingredients to play within the kitchen.

Cucumber, avocado, tomato and strawberries are just a handful of the summer ingredients that are now in season.

Here’s the great thing about summer cooking: it’s simple.

This time of year, the farmers market is full of great stuff that needs minimal intervention to taste good. Tomatoes? Slice ‘em. Green beans? Sauté!

Throw a steak on the grill and you have dinner.

There are so many reasons why I love the Summertime: the green grass and warm sunshine, longer days and warmer evenings, more time to savour all the beauty of the outdoors. But the best part by far is the amazing abundance of healthy, fresh, whole foods everywhere you look.

In celebration of the richness of the season.

There is no time better than now to eat well.

Food Is Fresh, Available, and Affordable

It’s easy to eat fresh, locally grown food when fruits and vegetables are as abundant and available as they are during the summer months. And when food is more available, it’s more affordable, too, since choosing local produce cuts the cost of shipping food from some far-off place.

When food is in season, it’s better for you

You Can Get Back to Basics

Summer is all about unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying the simple pleasures of good food and good company. Always keep basic staples in the pantry, so you’ll be ready for an easy, impromptu meal. They don’t need to cost much. To eat well, you don’t have to indulge in expensive specialty foods or the new, trendy exotic fruit du jour. Keep it simple.

You Can Savour the Flavour

Summer offers so many ways for you to add flavour to your food without resorting to salt and fat. Herbs, spices, and berries are all plentiful during the warmer months. Get creative, and experiment using herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, or fresh dill. In the Summertime, these are so easy to grow.

There Is More Than Meets the Eye in Colourful Summer Foods

Summer fruits and vegetables grow in a variety of beautiful colours that make food more pleasing to the eye, and the more beauty on your plate, the more pleasure you receive from your meal. The more pleasure you feel, the less likely it is you’ll overeat. But the beauty of these colourful fruits and vegetables is far more than skin deep. These colours are nature’s way of advertising the phytonutrients, or special, healthy chemicals, they contain. The more colour, the better!