Summer is for Nightshades...


What's In Season?

Summer is for Nightshades

When hot weather comes, it brings the much anticipated nightshade vegetables. Nightshade vegetables belong to the family of plants with the Latin name Solanaceae.  Potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers (sweet & hot) are all common nightshade vegetables.

Look for these summer ingredients at the market:

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Sweet Corn
  • Swiss Chard
  • Strawberries!
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini, also known as Summer Squash
Nebraska Seasonality Chart

Where to find local?

Direct from the farmer is best!  But local foods can also be found in abundance at farmers' markets and locally-owned grocery stores. Search in our online food directory to find local food near you.

Your tastebuds will thank you!

Online Food Guide

Discover Seasonal Cooking

Discover Seasonal Cooking

Georgia Jones, Extension Food Specialist & Associate Professor of Nutrition and Health Sciences, is a food scientist by training, but a foodie by practice. Visit Georgia's website to discover easy and fun recipes that use seasonal ingredients! 

Discover Seasonal Cooking