Every Sunday morning, you can find me at my local farmer’s market because nothing beats in-season, fresh produce. Aside from tasting better, there are plenty of benefits to eating in-season fruits and vegetables.

In-season produce has more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to produce that has been imported. In addition to the nutritional benefits, produce that is in season and grown locally is more environmentally friendly. Lastly, purchasing local produce is a great way to support the farmers in your community.

What’s in season right now?🍓

Summer is my favorite season because of all the amazing fruit. Right now you can find fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), melon (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe), and stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines).

Summer vegetables include zucchini, cauliflower, corn, peas, fava beans, green beans, and tomatoes. 

Recipe Inspo🧑‍🍳

Now that you know what to look for at your local farmer’s market or grocery store - here are 2 of my favorite recipes that showcase some of the best flavors of summer.

Peachy Summer Salad

37g protein

I’ve never been a salad lover, but adding fruit to my salads was an absolute game changer for me. The combination of peaches and balsamic vinegar is unbeatable!


  • 1 yellow peach
  • 1 persian cucumber
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • 30g feta cheese or mozzarella balls
  • 4oz grilled chicken (or pulled rotisserie chicken)
  • Dressing: balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried basil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder


Dice your fruits and veggies then combine with the chicken, sliced basil, and cheese in a large bowl. In a separate container, mix your dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss and enjoy.

Cherry Yogurt Bowl

22g protein

This yogurt bowl is ready in minutes and perfect for breakfast or dessert. It's perfect bite of summer!


  • 8 cherries
  • 170g vanilla greek yogurt (appx. ¾ cup, you can also use an equal amount of plain greek yogurt with 2 tsp sweetener) 
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter (this is my favorite one)
  • ½-1 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • Cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey


Halve your cherries and discard the pits. Stir the cherries and cinnamon into the greek yogurt then top with almond butter, cocoa nibs, and honey. Enjoy!

Natalia Daraie author of the article, girl in a dress

Natalia Daraie

Natalia is a Psychological & Brain Sciences major at UCSB. She is passionate about all things wellness. As a member of the Girl Gains club, she loves exploring different avenues of fitness, including nutrition, lifting, pilates, and relaxing walks outdoors. She's a big fan of matcha lattes, listening to podcasts, and can often be found scrolling through Pinterest for new meal ideas.

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