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Stock Up on July’s Peak Produce (with Recipe)


Many kinds of produce are at their peak in the summer. Here’s a list of what’s in season right now:

Apples • Arugula • Basil • Beans • Beets • Blackberries • Blueberries • Broccoli • Brussels Sprouts • 
Cantaloupe • Carrots • Chard • Cherries • Corn • Cucumbers • Eggplant • Garlic • Green onions
 • Scallions • 
Greens • Herbs • Kale • Kohlrabi • Lima Beans • Melon • Mint • Mushrooms • Nectarines • Onions • Parsley • 
Peaches • Peas • Peppers • Potatoes • Radishes • Raspberries • Rhubarb • Spinach 
Summer Squash • Tomatoes • Watermelon • Zucchini

You can find these items at one of Delaware’s many farm stands, open all summer long. (See bottom of article for listings.)

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho 

Kevin Reading and Laura Burton

With temperatures hovering in the 90s for much of this month, the perfect way to cool down is with a chilled soup. Try this Yellow Tomato Gazpacho from Abbott’s Grill in Milford. It’s packed with delicious, seasonal items and is served cold, making it the perfect soup for summer. For four servings, here’s what you’ll need:

For the soup:

  • 4 ripe local yellow tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 basil leaves
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For the garnish:

  • ½ cup seedless watermelon, large dice
  • ¼ cup yellow tomato concasse
  • ½ cup local cucumber; peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 basil leaves, chiffanade
  • 1/8 cup small dice red onion
  • 5–6 lumps of crabmeat
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For the soup, combine all the ingredients together in a blender—Abott’s Grill recommends using a Vitamix blender—until mixture is smooth and bright yellow. For the garnish, mix together all of the ingredients. Then add lump crabmeat and the watermelon mixture for a refreshing summer dish. 

New Castle County

Bright Spot Mobile Urban Farm Market • Various locations in Wilmington

Filasky’s Produce • 1343 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown 

Highland Orchards Farm Market • 1431 Foulk Road, Wilmington 

John’s Homegrown and Farm Fresh Produce • 3055 Old County Road, Newark 

Marini Produce • 2121 Veale Road, Wilmington 

Willey Farms • 4092 Dupont Pkwy., Townsend 

Kent County

Ficner’s Farm • 1911 Fast Landing Road, Dover

Fifer Orchards, Inc. • 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Wyoming 

Fresh Connection • 9598 Coastal Hwy., Milford 

Hazeye Farms • 242 S. Dupont Hwy., Smyrna 

John’s Produce • 4693 Kenton Road, Dover 

Shiloh Lea Farm • 3716 Mahan Corner Road, Marydel 

Sussex County

Adams Fruit Market • 2239 Seashore Hwy., Greenwood 

Adkins Produce • 32008 Long Neck Road, Millsboro

Anderson’s Produce Market • 37458 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach

Country Living Produce • 28086 Cross Keys Road, Millsboro 

Dawn’s Country Market • 30511 Cave Neck Road, Milton 

Evans Farms Produce • 9843 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville 

Fifer Orchards Farm Market Cafe • 200 Cullen St., Dewey Beach

Garden Shack Farm • 19884 Beaver Dam Road, Lewes 

Givens Produce • 8947 Woodland Ferry Road, Laurel 

Little Wagon Produce • 2667 Seashore Hwy., Greenwood

Marvelous Produce • 22958 Sussex Hwy., Seaford 

T.S. Smith and Sons • 8887 Redden Road, Bridgeville 

Tomato Sunshine • 4312 Highway One North, Rehoboth Beach

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