July 5th is the official start of summer here in Snohomish County.
Keep your fingers crossed, summer usually lasts through the end of September.
What we should see in July:
- Fruits: fresh berries of all kinds, including apricots, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, loganberries, marionberries, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. click here
- Herbs: every type of herb is in season, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, epazote, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.
- Veggies: most vegetables are in their prime, except for those that favor the hottest
weather but may find peppers, corn, eggplant, and tomatoes which are grown in hoop houses. Look for artichokes, baby bok choy, broccoli, small cabbage heads, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers (both pickling and slicing or salad varieties), daikon, fava beans, Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), kohlrabi, salad greens and lettuce, peanuts, peas (shell, snow, and sugar snap), new potatoes, radishes, spinach, hothouse tomatoes, young turnips, and zucchini.
Say goodbye to some of the earliest, cool weather crops:
Asparagus, beet greens, and turnip greens, as well as fiddlehead ferns and sea beans. If you love these crops, get them now before they’re gone.
Many other foods are available year-round including:
oysters, clams, mussels, geoduck, dried fruits, pork, beef, poultry, goat and cow cheeses, wild salmon, fresh pasta, honey, pastries, artisan breads, ciders, hard ciders, jams, jellies, sauces, spreads, preserves, syrups, fresh roasted coffee, and seasonal cut flowers. click here