What’s in Season in July?

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Hello Summer, hello July, and welcome to month 7 of our Monthly Produce Guides!

This is the season we wait all year for, the time of plenty. Our gardens, local famers markets, and supermarket produce sections are filled with glorious choices.

If July isn’t National Zucchini Month, it should be, right? If you garden, you might be regretting that decision to plant more than a couple zucchini plants, as each one produces enough zucchini to feed a family of four. No worries! We have you covered with dozens of recipes for zucchini and summer squash.

Look for tomatoes of all sorts—gorgeously striped and colorful heirlooms, big beefsteak tomatoes for burgers, and bite-sized cherry, Sungold, and pear tomatoes.

We have cucumbers for pickling, for salads, and even more making drinks! As well as yellow, white, and mixed corn. What’s your favorite way to cook corn? For me it’s grilling if the grill is on, or microwaving if I’m only cooking one.

July seasonal produce guide

July actually is National Blueberry Month, officially (sorry zucchini), according to the USDA. So enjoy them now in pies, slumps, and your morning cereal.

While apricots and cherries peak in June, July is the month for nectarines, peaches, pluots, and plums. Ever had a pluot? They’re a cross between a plum and an apricot. Delicious! They come in all different varieties, Dapple Dandy is my favorite.

Finally summer just isn’t summer without watermelon, right? Have you ever tried sprinkling melon slice with a little salt? It’s a trick my dad taught me and now I’m addicted!

Scroll down for recipe ideas. Are you a gardener? What are you growing in your garden this summer, let us know in the comments!

Zucchini and Summer Squash

zucchini and summer squash
Best Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Have more zucchini than you know what to do with? Make zucchini bread! This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is rich, moist, and has a tender crumb. It's made with cocoa powder for extra chocolate intensity.

Summer Squash Sauté

This Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté is our family stand-by side veggie dish all summer long. It's so easy to make, cooks up in minutes. Summer squash is sautéed with bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and served with melted cheddar cheese.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe

There's never a shortage of zucchini in summer, but there's often a shortage of good ways to use it. Turn your zukes into boats and stuff 'em with ground beef, queso fresco and diced peppers.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Tomato Onion Avocado Salad

This Tomato Onion Avocado Salad makes for a beautiful presentation for a summer gathering. Fresh sliced tomatoes, red onions, and avocado are seasoned Italian style with oregano, parsley, garlic, olive oil, and wine vinegar.

Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

Quick and easy midweek dinner! Chicken thighs are baked with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary.

Corn

corn
How to grill corn on the cob

Learn how to grill corn that is juicy and tender with this easy grilled corn on the cob technique! The best way is the easiest way - simply grill fresh corn on the cob in their husks, on direct high heat.

Caprese Corn Salad

Fresh corn and tomato salad with fresh corn, garden tomatoes, basil, Mozzarella, scallions and a vinaigrette.

Cucumbers

Persian Cucumbers
Bread and Butter Pickles

Like sweet pickles? These sweet sliced cucumber Bread and Butter pickles are easy to make and are perfect for sandwiches and burgers.

Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad

Simple cherry and pear tomato Greek salad with cucumbers, feta cheese, shallots, mint, and oregano.

Berries

Blueberries
Blueberry Slump

Too hot to turn on the oven? Make a Blueberry Slump! This classic  New England dessert is made on the stovetop with blueberries and steamed dumplings. Great way to beat the heat!

Blueberry Crumb Bars with Shortbread Crust

Don't feel like fussing with pie but still want a blueberry treat? These crumb bars with their jammy sweet berry filling will do the job!

Stone Fruit — Peaches, Nectarines, Plums

Stone Fruit, Nectarines, Plums, Peaches
Plum Galette

Rustic tarts are like pies but with much less hassle! This bright and beautiful galette is made with tart plums and pluots. You could use firm yellow peaches or nectarines too.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Peaches

Got your grill on? Put some peaches on the grill for a quick and easy side for pork or chicken.

Melons

Watermelon
Watermelon Salad with Cotija

South of the border spin on watermelon salad! With fresh watermelon, jicama, cilantro, and cotija cheese.

Prosciutto Melon Mozzarella

Prosciutto-wrapped melon with Mozzarella cheese, a perfect summertime appetizer! Prosciutto di Parma, honeydew and cantaloupe melons, and fresh cherry-size Mozzarella cheese.

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