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Freshest Farmers' Market Picks

Add these fresh, local choices to your favorite recipes this summer.

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If you’re looking to whip up something fresh and healthy for backyard guests this summer, head to your local farmers' market. The markets are loaded with locally grown, nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, and visiting one is a great way to support your community. Check out the fruits and veggies that peak in June -- and why you should add them to your basket.

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

Raspberries

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Ripe, fresh raspberries are among summer’s best treats. They’re loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants, including vitamin C. They’re also a great source of fiber, folic acid and cancer-crushing ellagic acid. Pick some up at your local market today and use them in this decadent berry-nectarine trifle or this delicious raspberry-banana bread

Cucumbers

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Cucumbers may be the perfect summer vegetable. Their high water content helps to keep you hydrated, and they’re full of vitamin C and caffeic acid, antioxidants that fortify your cells and protect your skin from sun damage. Cucumbers are also an impressive source of important minerals like magnesium and potassium, which help guard against heart disease. Add them to salads, sandwiches and wraps -- or try these other yummy ways to enjoy cucumbers.   

Scallions

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Don’t overlook scallions (the onions with small, white bulbs and long, green stalks) at the farmer’s market. They make a bright, flavorful addition to many summertime dishes – and they’re surprisingly healthy. Scallions are in the allium family of vegetables, which may help protect against several types of cancer. Add them to this tasty potato salad recipe for your next family cookout.

Radicchio

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This leafy vegetable only looks like red cabbage. It’s actually a member of the chicory family and has a bold, slightly bitter taste that adds a punch of flavor to any summer salad. Radicchio is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help fight cell damage, improve digestion, lower cholesterol and protect your eyesight. Try it in this recipe for radicchio salad with lemon-herb grilled shrimp. 

Seasonal Herbs

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Don’t leave the farmers' market without fresh summer herbs --especially oregano, chives and mint. Oregano acts as an antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Chives help get rid of bacteria, yeast and fungus in your digestive tract. And fragrant mint helps to settle the stomach and protect your vision. Want easy ways to add them to your next meal? Try minced oregano in this Italian-style baked cod, use dried chives for baked chicken and add chopped mint to this whole grain salad.  

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