What exactly is the taste of summer? It varies from one region to another. In the summertime, fruits and vegetables are at their freshest. If you want to taste them where they grow, here are a few suggestions.
When most people think of New Jersey, they don’t necessarily think of it as the Garden State, but that is its nickname. In the summer, heirloom tomatoes are in season and New Jersey is the perfect place to try their luscious goodness. Wildwood, New Jersey is a wonderful summer vacation destination with activities that will keep the whole family happy. Five miles of gorgeous white sand beaches are free to use. A two-mile boardwalk offers all manner of entertainment and dining options. Be on the lookout for restaurants that feature fresh local produce and you will get to taste the best that New Jersey has to offer in the summer.
Summer in Maine is all about lobsters and blueberries. Head for Route 1 and stop in any of the coastal towns and you will find a lobster shack. The tiny wild Maine blueberries will show up in desserts such as crisps and pies and in breakfast pancakes. In August the place to be is Rockland, Maine for the Lobster Festival. 20,000 pounds of succulent lobster is just waiting to be eaten but in addition, you will find live entertainment, a parade, arts and crafts and carnival rides and games. The whole family will be entertained.
Further north in the Province of Quebec, the Ile d’Orleans is known as the bread basket of Quebec. You will find summer is a time of delectable fruits with the largest juiciest strawberries you have ever eaten along with fresh raspberries, blueberries and wine made right here on the island. The Farmers Market in Quebec City has plenty of opportunities to buy all the fresh bounty of summer and places where you can also eat some fresh foods. Summer on the island is all about fresh fruits and fresh local made ice cream in the favorite maple flavor.
It is not something most people think about but in Gilroy California, there is one thing that reigns supreme, garlic. Every year people come from far and wide to enjoy the Gilroy Garlic Festival where garlic is celebrated in ways that most people have never considered. You can eat foods of all kinds cooked with this flavorful vegetable. It isn’t just garlic that thrives in this area, they are also known for their mushrooms and locally produced wines. There will be lots of entertainment, a cook-off, children’s area and food, food, and more food. Come hungry and leave satisfied.
Corn on the cob is one the best vegetables that come to us in the summer. The Midwest is known for the quality and abundance of their corn. Head to the countryside of northeastern Ohio where the Amish live and taste not only their great corn but also the delicious foods that they offer in their local restaurants. You will want to bring home a jar of apple butter and chow-chow that amazing relish made with all the bounty of summer.
These are just a few of the best places to enjoy the taste of summer. From north to south, east to west, fresh fruits and vegetables are available to tempt your palette in the summer, you just need to go out to find them.