9 Tips to Rock Your Summer Produce

We would need hours to list all of the things we love about summer—grilling, ice cream, picnics…you get the idea—but there’s one that we could rave about for days: fresh produce. We’ve partnered with our friends at Meatless Monday to bring you the best of the best summer veggie tips to make sure your produce stays fresh and your stomachs stay happy. Click through to learn how to keep your peppers, corn, and more in tip-top shape all summer long.

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Spring Produce: What’s Good this Season?

Spring is finally here, and that means warmer climes, longer days, and a fresh crop of vegetables from which to choose. Eating seasonally means you’re cooking with the best, freshest, tastiest produce around. And nothing tastes better than that. Here are some of our favorite spring veggies with tips on how to use them:

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A Seasonal Guide to Enjoying Vegetables

Is asparagus at its tastiest steamed or sautéed? And does it have more flavor in the summer or spring? So many questions, so many vegetables, so little time. But help is finally here in the form of this at-a-glance guide to enjoying vegetables from Cook Smarts. It lists all of your favorite vegetables (in alphabetical order), lets you know when they’re in season, and tells you the best way to cook them! Improving your veggie vocab has never been simpler!

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Different Dippers: Healthier Alternatives for Dipping

I don’t know if it’s the salt, the crunch, or the grease, but I cannot resist a good chip. And if there’s dip… well you better watch out, because I’m gonna dip that whole bag. If you’re like me and have no willpower when it comes to chips, you may be on the lookout for dipping alternatives.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Leftovers are a conundrum for me. I’m not a fan, but I hate to waste food. If there were ever an opportunity to enjoy leftovers though, Thanksgiving is it. It’s a great opportunity to double-utilize some really beautiful food.

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Got leftovers? Chef Tina has some great ideas on what to recreate with them!

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8 Family-Friendly Ways To Enjoy More Vegetables

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Fill your plate with Vegetables and Whole Grains like Quinoa and Brown rice!

It’s the perfect time to size up our plates and ask, “Is my plate in shape?” “Is half of it filled with fruits and vegetables?” Nutrient-packed, vitamin-rich foods like vegetables are essential for healthy adults and kids alike. Try these family-friendly ways to enjoy more vegetables. It can be easy. It can be delicious. It can be fresh and healthy.

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Beyond Your Basic Salad

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Putting together a quick salad is easy with Earthbound salad blends.  I usually place a couple of containers in my order (especially when they’re on sale!).

So when our friends over at Earthbound Farm suggested that I can make meals beyond my basic salad, I was intrigued. Here are three recipes that are just as easy to make:…

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We Know Local!

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Local red lettuce is one of the many seasonal produce we sell in the store!

It’s local season at FreshDirect, which means we are directing all of our efforts to sourcing and promoting the freshest, best-tasting local produce for your eating pleasure.

From early May to mid-October, Eric Stone, our produce category manager, and I make frequent trips to the North Fork of Long Island, the Hudson Valley and south central New Jersey to check in on the crops’ progress and visit with our farmers. We take pride in our relationship with our farmers and work very closely with them to ensure that we receive the cream of the crop, and in return we offer fair prices and visibility for their fresh products.

There are a few new and exciting things happening in the local department this year! For starters, we’ve sourced a number of our commodity items from New Jersey under the Jersey Fresh umbrella. Produce from New Jersey does not receive the Jersey Fresh stamp of approval unless it meets the “quality standard for the size, shape and coloring of that commodity.” Be sure to check out McGregor’s Microgreens micro arugula and Cassaday Farms strawberries, both great examples of vendors that exemplify Jersey Fresh quality standards….

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