Fresh market August flavours you'll love to savour

The deliciously hot days of August offer up an abundance of your favourite fruits and vegetables when gardens are at their peak. From sweet corn to juicy tomatoes, discover fresh-market produce this season.

Where to find freshness

Local farmer's markets, roadside produce stands, and pick-your-own farms are all excellent places to buy locally grown produce fresh from the fields.

Shop local

When you shop at a farmer's market not only do you get the freshest tasting produce, it usually costs less than a grocery store and you're supporting local growers and your community. What's great is that you can actually meet the farmers who grew the produce you're buying.

From produce picked that morning to meat, eggs, delicious baked goods and fresh flowers, there's so much to choose from and enjoy. Plus, many farmer's markets also have music and entertainment, so you can make a delightful morning out of your trip to the market.

Your local tourism office can give you a list of farmer's markets near you. Most provinces also have a Farmer's Markets Association and you can check their websites.

Pick your own

A great family outing is visiting a pick-your-own farm. Young children get a kick out of picking apples and cherries because it's fun and easy. Pack a little picnic and when you've picked all that you want, just sit back and bite into the juicy fruits of your labour.

Grow your own

If you have a green thumb, you can grow your own herbs and vegetables. It's such a simple treat picking some fresh lettuce leaves from your garden to top off a sandwich, adding fragrant basil to a pasta sauce, or tossing juicy little cherry tomatoes into a salad.

Let's talk tomatoes

Ah, the joys of delicious, fresh tomatoes … wonderful on their own or in your favourite recipes. They're also great on burgers, so while you're at the Farmer's Market, pick up some fresh ground turkey and spinach and try this month's delicious Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers recipe. Cut thick slices of tomatoes to top your burgers off and serve them along with Bick's® Sandwich Savers® 50% Less Salt Tangy Dill Pickles and Bick's® Sweet Green Relish.

Crazy about corn

Don't forget to pick up some fresh corn at the market to serve with your burgers. If you like grilled corn – and who doesn't – you've got to try our Foolproof Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe. All the taste without the mess!

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Featured Recipes

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers
Tired of the same old burgers? Time to jazz things up with a real flavour treat. Take the tangy taste of feta cheese, the zip of red onions and surprise of spinach and mix together with lean ground turkey and some spices. Just toss them on the grill, serve on mini pita breads and top off with tzatziki sauce and Bick's® Sandwich Savers® 50% Less Salt Tangy Dill Pickles. With such zesty flavour, you can say bye, bye boring burgers.

Foolproof Grilled Corn on the Cob

Foolproof Grilled Corn on the Cob
Who isn't crazy about the taste of corn fresh from the field? Especially when it's grilled. But grilling can be tricky – it browns really quickly if cooked directly on the grill and can be messy to serve if cooked inside the husks. Our Foolproof Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe provides a simple solution by keeping them moist wrapped in tin foil.