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What's in Season - July Produce Guide

What's in season in July? Check out our July produce guide and recipes for zucchini, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, blueberries, peaches, plums, and melons

July Produce Guide

Hello Summer, hello July, and welcome to month 7 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides!

This is the season we wait all year for, the time of plenty. Our gardens, local famers markets, and supermarket produce sections are filled with glorious choices.

If July isn't National Zucchini Month, it should be, right? If you garden, you might be regretting that decision to plant more than a couple zucchini plants, as each one produces enough zucchini to feed a family of four. No worries! We have you covered with dozens of recipes for zucchini and summer squash.

Look for tomatoes of all sorts—gorgeously striped and colorful heirlooms, big beefsteak tomatoes for burgers, and bite-sized cherry, Sungold, and pear tomatoes.

We have cucumbers for pickling, for salads, and even more making drinks! As well as yellow, white, and mixed corn. What's your favorite way to cook corn? For me it's grilling if the grill is on, or microwaving if I'm only cooking one.

July seasonal produce guide
Elise Bauer

July actually is National Blueberry Month, officially (sorry zucchini), according to the USDA. So enjoy them now in pies, slumps, and your morning cereal.

While apricots and cherries peak in June, July is the month for nectarines, peaches, pluots, and plums. Ever had a pluot? They're a cross between a plum and an apricot. Delicious! They come in all different varieties, Dapple Dandy is my favorite.

Finally summer just isn't summer without watermelon, right? Have you ever tried sprinkling melon slice with a little salt? It's a trick my dad taught me and now I'm addicted!

Scroll down for recipe ideas. Are you a gardener? What are you growing in your garden this summer, let us know in the comments!

  • Zucchini and Summer Squash

  • Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Best Chocolate Zucchini Bread
    Elise Bauer

    Have more zucchini than you know what to do with? Make zucchini bread! This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is rich, moist, and has a tender crumb. It's made with cocoa powder for extra chocolate intensity.

  • Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté

    Summer Squash Sauté
    Elise Bauer

    This Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté is our family stand-by side veggie dish all summer long. It's so easy to make, cooks up in minutes. Summer squash is sautéed with bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and served with melted cheddar cheese.

  • Taco-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe
    Nick Evans

    There's never a shortage of zucchini in summer, but there's often a shortage of good ways to use it. Turn your zukes into boats and stuff 'em with ground beef, queso fresco and diced peppers.

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  • Tomatoes

  • Tomato, Onion, Avocado Salad

    Tomato Onion Avocado Salad
    Elise Bauer

    This Tomato Onion Avocado Salad makes for a beautiful presentation for a summer gathering. Fresh sliced tomatoes, red onions, and avocado are seasoned Italian style with oregano, parsley, garlic, olive oil, and wine vinegar.

  • Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

    Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic
    Elise Bauer

    Quick and easy midweek dinner! Chicken thighs are baked with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary.

  • Corn

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  • Grilled Corn on the Cob

    Grilled corn on the cob served on an oval platter
    Elise Bauer

    No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works.

  • Caprese Corn Salad

    caprese corn salad
    Elise Bauer

    Fresh corn and tomato salad with fresh corn, garden tomatoes, basil, Mozzarella, scallions and a vinaigrette.

  • Cucumbers

  • Bread and Butter Pickles

    Bread and Butter Pickles
    Elise Bauer

    Like sweet pickles? These sweet sliced cucumber Bread and Butter pickles are easy to make and are perfect for sandwiches and burgers.

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  • Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad

    Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad
    Elise Bauer

    Simple cherry and pear tomato Greek salad with cucumbers, feta cheese, shallots, mint, and oregano.

  • Berries

  • Blueberry Slump

    Blueberry Slump
    Elise Bauer

    Too hot to turn on the oven? Make a Blueberry Slump! This classic New England dessert is made on the stovetop with blueberries and steamed dumplings. Great way to beat the heat!

  • Blueberry Crumb Bars

    Blueberry Crumb Bars with Shortbread Crust
    Cindy Rahe

    Don't feel like fussing with pie but still want a blueberry treat? These crumb bars with their jammy sweet berry filling will do the job!

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  • Stone Fruit — Peaches, Nectarines, Plums

  • Plum Galette

    Plum Galette
    Elise Bauer

    Rustic tarts are like pies but with much less hassle! This bright and beautiful galette is made with tart plums and pluots. You could use firm yellow peaches or nectarines too.

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Peaches

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Peaches
    Elise Bauer

    Got your grill on? Put some peaches on the grill for a quick and easy side for pork or chicken.

  • Melons

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  • Watermelon Salad with Cotija, Jicama, and Lime

    Watermelon Salad with Cotija
    Elise Bauer

    South of the border spin on watermelon salad! With fresh watermelon, jicama, cilantro, and cotija cheese.

  • Prosciutto, Melon, and Mozzarella

    Prosciutto Melon Mozzarella
    Elise Bauer

    Prosciutto-wrapped melon with Mozzarella cheese, a perfect summertime appetizer! Prosciutto di Parma, honeydew and cantaloupe melons, and fresh cherry-size Mozzarella cheese.