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21 Genius Ways To Eat The Best In-Season Produce (Before Summer's Over!)

August 21, 2015

We all know the benefits of eating seasonally — produce is at it's peak in flavor and freshness and is often cheaper too. But sometimes the brief (at least in the North Eastern U.S.) summer season gets away from us.

I've compiled a list of foods that you absolutely must eat before the summer ends. Most of these foods are perfect as-is (or with a little sprinkle of sea salt) but here are some next-level recipes to inspire you to stock up at the farmer's market.

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Tomatoes

1. Roasted Tomatoes with Polenta by Pinch of Yum

2. Caprese Salad by The Pioneer Woman

Berries

3. Blueberry Pie Bars by Minimalist Baker

4. Paleo Raspberry Mug Cake by A Girl Worth Saving

5. No Bake Oatmeal Raspberry Sandwich Cookies by Running to the Kitchen

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Watermelon

Peaches

8. Peach Summer Salad by Stonefruit Espresso

9. "Super Butter" with Peach Slices by Faring Well

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Plums

10. Stone Fruit Summer Guacamole by Edible Perspective

11. Gluten-Free Plum Crisp by Cookie + Katie

Zucchini

12. Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Labneh by Naturally Ella

13. Thai Zucchini Soup by 101 Cookbooks

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Eggplant

14. Vegan Eggplant "Meat"balls by Skinny Taste

15. Summer Vegetable Chili by Some the Wiser

Cherries

16. Cherry Chia Jam with Overnight Oats by Blissful Basil

17. Cherry Gazpacho by Savory Simple

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Basil

Corn

20. Tostadas with Smoky Sweet Corn Hummus by Love & Lemons

21. Breakfast Succotash by Feasting At Home