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Know Your Late Summer Fruits and Vegetables


A mother and daughter picking vegetables
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Exploring Your Local Farm with a Treasure Hunt Activity

When foods are in season, the weather is right to help them grow their best. Many fruits and vegetables enjoy the sunlight, rain, and nutritious soil throughout the summer. By the time they are harvested and sold to your family, they are fresh, ripe, and full of vitamins and minerals!

Late summer fruits and vegetables are in season during August and September. In most of the United States, they include bell peppers, peaches, tomatoes, and zucchini. Depending on the local weather, your state could also have other foods in season during late summer too. Your local Cooperative Extension program can share which seasonal foods are available in your state. (Ask an adult to find a Cooperative Extension near you using the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s College Partners Directory.)

Baskets of tomatoes, pepers, peaches and squash
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Test your knowledge of late summer fruits and vegetables at your local farm or farmers market. Pair up with an adult, and search for each food on the list below.

How many can you find? Print this page, take it with you and circle the foods you find. 

  • Bell peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini