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.

Thanksgiving sides

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

Vegetables and Quinoa

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

Power Greens Pizza

Power Greens Pizza

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!

Red lettuce

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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Dress Up Your Plate!

Orange Garnish

An Orange Garnish will brighten up anyone's day!

Ed. note: Growing up, my grandmother would make weeknight dinner meals so much more fun by making shapes out of vegetables. As a kid, her fried rice seemed so much tastier with carrot flowers.  So when our Marketing team member Anna decided to write this how-to on pretty, edible garnishes, it brought back such fond memories. Enjoy!

Whether throwing a House Party or entertaining guests, take presentation up to the next level with decorative garnishes on each dish.

Below are three garnish ideas that are simple, yet really add a wow factor to the plate.  And they’re all made from food!…

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The Healthiest Foods For Your Heart

Garnet Yams

Be Heart Healthy by Eating Orange Vegetables like Garnet Yams.

Upgrade what’s on your plate, and you have the power to prevent America’s #1 cause of death. February is American Heart Month, a time to turn the spotlight on essential heart health.

Every year, too many American families are affected by heart disease and stroke. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans. One in every 3 people in the United States has some form of heart disease – that’s 80 million adults. It often develops silently, without symptoms until it’s too late.

That’s why it’s so important to make heart-healthy changes today. Let this February be the start of – or revitalized commitment to – leading a heart healthy life. It’s good for you, and it’s good for your loved ones.

Eating right is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Some of the healthiest foods for your heart are vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, and fruit. (You’ll find my hand-picked selection of seasonal heart-healthy foods at Healthy Living for Less.) Here’s a list of my favorite heart-healthy foods:…

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