Summer Produce: Where it Grows and the Best Months to Find It

Summer is perhaps the most exciting time for juicy fruit and crispy vegetable lovers in America. It's a time to eat lighter foods—high in vitamins, minerals and water content—in order to stay properly hydrated for the hot months.

If you plan to visit a farmer's market and want to try the best of the season, here's a guide to help you with your produce shopping needs and the necessary ingredients that formulate healthy recipes:

Peaches: Grown primarily in Georgia, prime peach season typically runs from May through September.

Avocados: The Hass variety most Americans are familiar with are grown in California and are available from March through September.

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Cherries: May through June is the best time of the year to purchase cherries grown in the state of California, which are considered some of the best in the nation.

Mangoes: The best time to bite into one of these juicy Caribbean fruits is from May through September. Most of America's mangoes come from Florida, but can be imported from Brazil, Haiti and Mexico.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are grown all over the country, and the best time to find locally grown ones is during the hottest months of the summer.

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Vidalia Onions: This breed of onion comes from Georgia where the mild winters and regular rain patterns make the soil optimal for their sweetness. They can be enjoyed from May through September.

Green Beans: The peak season for green beans is May through October, and they are grown primarily in New York, Wisconsin and Oregon.

Watermelons: Perhaps the most iconic summer fruit, watermelons are grown in California, Georgia, Texas, Florida and Arizona, and are best from June through August.

Blueberries: Maine is the largest producer of blueberries in the United States and are best enjoyed from May through September.

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