Fitness & Nutrition

A Tasty Way to Start the Summer

June 29, 2023

At long last, summer is finally here. Gone are the frigid days of winter and the annoying springtime allergies, and the warm sun, quality time with the family, and great activities are here to stay. Now, personally, one of our favorite parts of the summer is the opening of the Greenfield Farmers Market at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to meet local vendors and buy some delicious fruits and veggies to kick off your summer season. And once you’ve got that wonderful produce haul, you’re probably asking yourself what you’re going to make with it all.

Look no further.

Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

Did you know you could make your own popsicles? And did you know you could make them with fresh fruit? If you picked up some blueberries from your local farmers market, then you’ve got to try these amazing creamy layered blueberry ice pops. They’re the perfect treat for beating that summer heat—and a great way to sneak some fruit into your diet.

Not so much a frozen treat kind of person? Then check out this peach and berry cobbler recipe with even more in-season fruits. You can even pair it with a bit of low-fat ice cream for that perfect hot and cold combination.

Grilled Summer Veggies

If you’re eager to break out the grill for the season, there are plenty of awesome ways to spice up your veggies with the sweet char of the grill. Pick whatever summer vegetable you got from your trip to the market and throw it on the grill with this super easy recipe.

Or, if you’re more interested in a grilled snack than a whole dish, try these incredible grilled sugar snap peas and their accompanying sauce. The snap of the peas combined with that perfect char from the grill are seriously a treat you would not want to miss out on.

Salsa and Sides

Speaking of snacks, who doesn’t love a great salsa recipe? Salsa is a great way to spice up any summer snack table, and it’s super easy to make. For example, if you’ve got a lot of tomatoes lying around from your trips to the summer markets, try this delicious and simple salsa recipe to get your next family cookout off to a great start. 

Summer also happens to be the height of zucchini season, and while this green veggie may not excite you at first, there are tons of awesome ways to give it a life of its own. While you’re making all that salsa with your tomatoes anyway, give the chips a surprising twist by making grilled zucchini nachos

Whatever you plan to do with your summer produce haul, we hope you stop by the Greenfield Farmers Market to get started. Happy summer from Hancock Health.