Year round there are many fruits that you can get at a grocery store that aren’t always in the best condition because they aren’t fresh. With summer here more fruits are locally grown and sold fresh. Fresh fruits are normally healthier and better than the same fruit you get at a grocery store. This is a list of fruits you can only find fresh here in Cortland County during the summer:
Strawberries: Strawberries are one of those fruits that start to grow in the spring but really starts getting harvested in the summer. Strawberry farms start to allow strawberry picking in late May and stop allowing it in early July. There are also so many different types of food that you can use strawberries and the same goes for drinks.
Blackberries: Blackberries start to grow around here in July and normally taste really good unless you pick them before they ripen. To tell when blackberries are ripe they will be a dark purple or black and they will have a red color in the berry if they aren’t ready to be picked. Don’t pick blackberries early because they do not ripen after being picked.
Watermelon: Watermelon starts getting harvested in July and is sold mainly in grocery stores and some farm markets or farm stands in Cortland. Watermelon is really good and can be used in many different recipes, and drinks.
Nectarines: Nectarines start getting harvested in July and stop getting harvested in September. There doesn’t seem to be any farms near Cortland that sell them but a few are spread out around NYS. There are a few recipes that use nectarines that you can find very easily.
This is just a small list of the many fresh foods that you can find in the summer. Their are so many other foods that can be harvested in the summer and most of them you can find pretty local! You can get some awesome recipes that require the foods that you can get fresh.