What’s In Season: Best of June

This month we are able to start adding more color to our greens, as the changing season brings more fruits.

by Carol Cain

It’s hard to believe that June is upon us and summer is only a few weeks away! The end of May brought a full force of spring showers, which will result in some pretty incredible vegetables and fruits for us to enjoy in the months to come. Here are some of the highlights of what to expect in June!

Much of what we have enjoyed so far, arugula, spinach, rhubarb, and more will continue to spring and be available for harvest. But in later June we will also start to see strawberries, which of course inspire all sorts of culinary creations such as Strawberry Rhubard Galette.

Beets start to enter the harvest scene this month, and we have a nice list of recipes that really highlight this root veggie in your dishes.

It’s also the season for summer salads. The bountiful cabbage, spinach, lettuce, kale, and snap peas will make for limitless and refreshing salads that can be complemented with the many herbs available to pick.

And last but not least, the wildly popular asparagus is now available to enjoy in everything from Grilled Spring Onions and Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette to Beet and Asparagus Salad.

June also means the opening of many more farmers markets and roadside stands, a favorite for locals and visitors alike as they venture around the region. It’s also a fun time to start planning your visit to U-Pick farms. Though most won’t really start to become active till late June/early July, it’s never a bad time to visit and see what they have grown. Check out our list of recommendations. Stay in the note of what is available in your local Finger Lakes CSA by checking out and get more seasonal recipe ideas by visiting the Cooperative Extension’s Tompkins County website.

Enjoy all the good eats!

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