Veggin’ out

As many may know, there are better times throughout the year to buy your fruits and vegetables. Each fruit and vegetable is “in season” at different times and it’s good to know when the best times are to buy them.

According to, the best fruit and vegetable for June are strawberries and peas. They also say broad beans are best bought in June as well. By knowing what foods are in season, helps you know the potential quality of your food and when will taste the best.

I also like this website because it tells you not only what to buy, but also what to grow.

Some of you may have found it hard to keep up with your garden or even just a simple little pot of a spice on your windowsill.

The website gives visitors tips on what to plant, when and where to plant it and if you can grow it indoors, outdoors or both.

They give a top 10 list of the easiest fruits vegetables to grow, which include lettuce, tomatoes, peas, courgette, strawberries, beetroot, mint, onions, dwarf French beans and pumpkins.

I live in the city, so I don’t have a yard to plant a garden, but I do have a rapidly growing “porch garden.”

This year, I am growing spring onions, Roma tomatoes, lettuce, sweet and hot peppers, parsley and basil. I had a strawberry plant from last year that never produced any fruit. I thought it would grow again this year, but it didn’t make it.

I recently bought a couple more strawberry plants, which I will replant this week, but I don’t expect any fruit until next year, since it is too late in the season for the June bearing plants that I got.

I plan to cover the plants with straw over the winter months to shield them from the cold a bit and hopefully I will have some strawberries next spring. But for now, I will have to get mine at the grocery store or Grower’s Market.

I love strawberries alone or in a salad. I also like to put frozen strawberries into a smoothy or protein shake.

A shake is delicious after a workout or as a breakfast meal or even as a dessert after dinner.

Strawberry banana frozen shake

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 banana, cut up

1 cup unsweetened soy, rice, coconut milk (whatever you prefer – I get unsweetened because I don’t like the added sugar)

1/2 cup water

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Extra ice (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor.

I use my NutriBullet. Blend until smooth. You can add more or less water/milk/fruit, depending on your desired thickness. The amounts I gave here make a large batch of the shake.

You can adjust the amount as needed. You also can use different fruits.

I really like frozen mango or blueberries.

Get different fruits to enjoy a different flavor each day of the week.

Reppert is the Lifestyle and Education editor at the Sun-Gazette. Her column is published the second Wednesday of each month in the Food section. She can be reached at