The mercury is rising, the kids are out of school and the days are long and hot. Yup, it’s summer alright. Time to try and cool off while filling up on all of the gorgeous produce and opportunities for friendly get-together that this season offers in abundance! From no-bake desserts to smoothies for breakfast, keeping your oven off never tasted so good.

Of course, there are times that you’ll still crave a hot meal, which means you’re going to need ideas worthy of firing up your backyard grill and inviting friends over. Not just any veggie burger will do for that Fourth of July celebration. We’ve got what you need to make this summer the coolest one yet! Just take a look at everything that grows in abundance during the balmy summer months:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Basil
  • Bell peppers/sweet peppers
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chickpeas
  • Chilies
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Herbs
  • Huckleberries
  • Lemons
  • Lemongrass
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Marion-berries
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • New potatoes
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums and pluots
  • Potatoes
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Ramps
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Shelling beans
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini and other summer squash

With so much to choose from, it’s virtually impossible not to create something delicious during the dog days of summer. Of course, we’re here to help give you ideas and inspiration as well as tips and tricks to turn nature’s bounty into breakfast, dinner and everything in-between!