Niagara’s Summer Harvest: The Season’s Best Fruits & Vegetables

Peaches in a basketHere at The Rainbow Room, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and modern Italian dishes using the fresh and versatile ingredients that each season in Niagara brings. And now that summer is officially here, there’s a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables coming into season, including raspberries, cucumbers, beans, and tomatoes, just to name a few.

What other fruits and vegetables can you look forward to finding this summer in Niagara? In the way of fruits, you can expect to find strawberries, plums, blueberries, cherries, and famous Ontario peaches. And for vegetables, expect to see a lot of lettuce, broccoli, peas, radishes, asparagus, cauliflower, beans, and cabbage. In fact, on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu you can find a fresh and delicious Five Green Beans side salad and Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli made with an incredible Niagara Peach and ghost pepper jelly.

You can also find fresh fruits and vegetables at a number of local supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants, farms, and festivals throughout the region, making it easy to get your hands on delicious locally-grown produce. To find some of the very best Niagara peaches, make sure to stop by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Peach Festival on August 12th where you’ll find incredible peachy food items from local bakeries and restaurants, local growers selling their juicy peaches, live entertainment, and much more.

Ramps in a bowlAnother great way to experience Niagara’s summer fruits and vegetables is by visiting a pick-your-own farm or orchard like Parkway Orchards in Niagara-on-the-Lake where you can pick your own cherries and peaches right from the trees. And the Niagara Region also has a number of great farmers markets that you can visit to pick up fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, honey, dairy products, and more. The St. Catharines Farmers Market is located downtown in Market Square and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while the Niagara Falls Farmers Market is located behind the Niagara Falls History Museum and is open on Saturday mornings.

There’s no shortage of ways to find and taste the fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables that summer brings in Niagara. Whether you visit our restaurant to try the seasonal menu, stop by a farm to pick your own fruit, or go to a farmers market to shop around for some produce, you are guaranteed to find a variety of wonderful fruits and vegetables that will give you a true taste of Niagara and add a little freshness to your summer.