Summer is finally here and we’re so excited. We’ve been playing in the pool almost every afternoon and enjoying the outdoors. This past weekend my daughter got to enjoy her first romp in the mud. We were doing a little yard work and decided to let her join in the fun. She had a blast splashing in the sandy Florida mud as we worked in the yard. She got completely messy head to toe and enjoyed every minute of it.
Later after we cleaned up and came inside, I decided to pull out our family’s favorite summer snack, watermelon. My son always asks me if it’s watermelon season when we visit the grocery store. A few weeks ago when he inevitably asked me if it was watermelon season as we browsed the produce department, I said yes and he jumped for joy! I let him pick out a big fat seedless watermelon to take home and enjoy.
Because our watermelon was so big, I decided to take a quarter of it and dice it in little chunks and freeze it. You can take the little frozen chunks of watermelon and enjoy them as a frozen treat, use them as ice in water, or make a watermelon slush like I’ve done here.
For this kid friendly summer drink, I just take frozen watermelon chunks, a little local Florida Orange Blossom Honey and fresh Florida key lime juice and blend it together in the blender. Add a little cold water to get it going in the blender. But if you want an adults only frozen drink, just add a little triple sec and tequila to make a watermelon margarita.
It’s so simple to eat fresh, local fruits and vegetables here in Florida because our growing season lasts all year. The mild temperatures in Florida allow for us to have have fresh fruits and vegetables anytime we like. Eating these fresh, seasonal items means our foods are fresher and tastier, and the nutritional value is optimized. It also encourages a diverse diet that is more economical and harmonizes with nature’s production cycle.
To find the freshest foods, make sure to look for the Fresh From Florida logo. This way you’ll be sure that the produce is local and fresh. You can find this logo in the produce department, the seafood department and in your favorite local Florida restaurants. So what’s in season right now? Lots of stuff! In June we have fresh:
- Passion Fruit
- Sweet corn
Watermelons are in season and super sweet right now. Where I grew up in north Florida, there were many farmers that grew watermelons. My hometown even has it’s own watermelon festival. I have so many wonderful memories of that festival when I was a kid. So it’s no wonder my family and I have such a love of watermelons.
Be sure to head over to the Fresh From Florida site and check out their great recipes that utilize fresh seasonal Florida produce and seafood. Check back often because they update the site with seasonal recipes. And next time you are dining out or shopping for groceries, look for the Fresh From Florida logo to make sure that your food selections are fresh, healthy and support your local community. Don’t forget to connect with Fresh From Florida on Facebook and Fresh From Florida on Twitter too!