Summer produce is at its peak in August. Local markets seem to be overflowing with ripe fruits and veggies, making it an excellent time to use what’s fresh and in season. So…what produce is in season in August?! This produce guide for the month of August will help you to stay inspired while using the freshest ingredients right now!
August marks the height of summer, especially here in Florida, where we are about to enter what I call “second summer.” Thankfully, even though it’s hot, so much of the seasonal produce in August is easy to prepare without much cooking.
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🖼️ Seasonal Foods Infographic for August
Here's a handy infographic to use as your personal August produce guide. Save this image for all your grocery trips this month, or pin it for later!
📃 Comprehensive List of August Seasonal Produce
Here are two comprehensive lists of fruits and veggies that are in season in the month of August! Stone fruits like plums, peaches, and nectarines are here for a little while longer, and summer squash like crookneck squash and zucchini are also living in the spotlight. Bell peppers (and other peppers, for that matter) are also super fresh this season, and don't you forget about tomato season!
Fruits that are in season in August:
Veggies that are in season in August:
- Green beans
- Summer squash
- Sweet onions
- Swiss chard
🌟 August ingredient spotlight & recipe share
Here’s a focused list of what produce is in season in August and some links to recipes for inspiration!
Stone fruits, like peaches, nectarines and plums, are ripe for the picking in August!
They’re great for literally any meal, from breakfast to dessert! Try this famous plum torte recipe from The New York Times! You can swap out any stone fruit you have on hand, and top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Summer melons are ready to be served at any meal…
…even if cantaloupe somehow makes its way into every seasonal fruit cup ever. 🤨
I love using watermelon in beverages by making it into a simple syrup. Once you have that recipe made, you can open up a whole new world of tasty summer cocktails and mocktails! You can also infuse your favorite liquor with watermelon, like this watermelon infused tequila recipe!
Corn is the sweetest during this time of year!
Enjoy those juicy kernels straight off the cob or sliced onto a pizza or salad. I can’t think of corn without thinking of elote– a Mexican street food typically served on the cob. This is a dippable version, resembling one of the best things I’ve ever eaten at Elote Cafe in Sedona, Arizona.
If you only think of Figs when you hear the word “newton,” August is a great time to experiment with these delicious fruits!
Making jam at home is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh produce while also lengthening the amount of time you can use that produce! Figs and goat cheese were basically made for each other. Try this recipe and tell me I’m wrong. The sweetness of the fig jam with the saltiness of the prosciutto already has me drooling.
Basil and other herbs enjoy the heat of the summer–just not the direct sun, please!
Now is the time to make all of your pesto dreams come true! Pesto is one of the most flavorful sauces you can whip up at home, and it’s got so many uses! Pizza, dips, spreads, you name it. You can also freeze your pesto for later!
So, what’s on your shopping list this month?
Peaches & corn have already been making regular appearances in my kitchen, and BLTs are always on the menu as long as ripe tomatoes are around! I haven’t always been the biggest fan of eggplant, but I want to keep curious about it. Maybe this is the month for me to give it a try with a new recipe!