As farmers markets begin to bustle and produce stands pop-up along the roadside, celebrating National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month presents a fresh and delectable invitation for a summer meal. Whether from a stand, you picked-it-yourself at a local farm, grew it in your backyard, or had a friendly neighbor knock on your door, these soulful summertime recipes from our July issue are sure to bring out the best garden-fresh flavors.

Sometimes less is more with fresh produce, and Tomato, Watermelon, and Feta Skewers with Mint and Lime can be a great way to start.


Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

This Summer Salsa can add a fun kick to any main dish, and pairs especially well with our Brisket Tacos.

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Part of the glory of fresh, is using what is available locally. Our Mixed Stone Fruit Pie is a great opportunity to use what you have on hand, and lets the fruit speak for itself.

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns