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Our Summer Produce Guide

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If you ask our produce buyers, now is the time to really get excited about summer fruits and veggies. And while it was hard for them to pick their favorites from such a bounty of delicious options, there were a few that stood out from the bunch. Here’s the summer produce guide you’ve been waiting for! 

Picks from our Produce Team

Watermelon 

Grilled Watermelon, Blueberry and Mozzarella Salad

Our produce buyer Rodrigo Velasquez grew up in rural central Chile, where he felt tremendously lucky to have access to exceptional fruits and veggies. But for Rodrigo, nothing compares to a watermelon on a hot day. He remembers spending long summer afternoons as a kid looking for the perfect watermelon on his neighbor’s field. He’d pick the biggest one he could find and enjoy it under the shade of a willow tree. As Rodrigo points out: “There are not many other fruits that you can eat with a spoon.”

Heirloom Tomatoes

Produce buyer Hillary Craig thinks about our fresh heirloom tomatoes all winter long. Well, the sun is out and the wait is over! Hillary recommends really savoring these flavorful tomatoes by enjoying them sliced with a pinch of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprig of fresh basil. And she certainly wouldn’t say no to a few slices of fresh mozzarella either. 

Ataulfo Mangoes

mango with leaf illustration

Kelsey Forbes, our fruit category manager and self-described “gazpacho monster,” is stoked for a lot of summer produce but is particularly keen on ataulfo mangos. Ours come to you from Ciruli Brothers orchard, a grower that really goes the extra mile to make sure their mangoes and the environment they need to grow is mango-nificent.

Summer Squash 

Category Manager Riley Greenberg lives for summer squash season as it’s when she gets to make her favorite dinner-for-a-hot-day: calabacitas. It’s a colorful dish full of fresh squash roasted with summer veggies like corn, tomatoes, and sweet onions topped with warming herbs.

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Golden Kiwis

golden kiwis illustration

Riding in on the new arrivals wave are summer fruits like golden kiwis. Our golden kiwis are palm-sized balls of sunshine that are a little smaller than what grocery stores prefer. But we think that just makes them sweeter. And unlike regular kiwis, their skins aren’t fuzzy, making the whole fruit a delight to eat! 

Cherries

And speaking of delight– cherry season is heating up and will be hot hot hot for the next few months. Our cherries come in all sorts of unique shapes and sizes. Some come in doubles, and others have nose-like “spurs,” which means grocery stores won’t buy them. But seeing as we’re always on the hunt for triple cherries, we’ll take them all! If you’re feeling fancy, enjoy your cherries atop this Semolina, Olive Oil, and Honey Cake.

Strawberries

Japanese fruit sandwiches with strawberries, kiwi, and oranges

Contrary to what the grocery store may suggest, strawberry season is not year-round. But luckily, it’s right now. This means your strawberries should taste sumptuously sweet and unbelievably juicy. We often stock up on the extra small strawberries retailers won’t buy. But little do they know, smaller typically means sweeter! Enjoy your strawberries in a vibrant Japanese Sando or sip on them in this Refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Peaches

Peach season is perhaps the best part of summer, as it’s typically the time of year where stonefruit is at its finest. In the U.S., stone fruit season starts in late May and runs until October. Peaches are generally the first to say, “oh, hello” in May, followed by apricots and nectarines, and finally, plums trundle in around June and July. Now’s the perfect time to try this recipe for Simple Grilled Peaches with Honey and Thyme.

orange and gold peach illustration

Take a Coloring Break

summer produce guide coloring sheet

Eating seasonally supports local farms, is often better for the environment, and makes for great art inspiration. Click to download, print out, and color in our Summer Produce Guide.

13 Comments

  • Terri
    June 16, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Love your produce but to much for 1.please change me to small box.2nd request.
    Terri Lawrence
    terri_lawrence66@yahoo.com

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    • Imperfect
      June 16, 2021 at 9:54 pm

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    • Debra Carter
      June 17, 2021 at 12:45 am

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  • carol Wheat
    June 17, 2021 at 2:42 am

    I missed my delivery or something. Can someone bring it tomorrpw, Thurs.?

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    • Imperfect Foods
      June 17, 2021 at 11:38 pm

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  • Nancy G. Hatcher
    June 17, 2021 at 3:44 am

    To whom do I need to contact to temporarily stop deliveries?

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    • Imperfect Foods
      June 17, 2021 at 11:51 pm

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  • Donna Sylvester
    June 17, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you, I got my order yesterday and a few items where missing.
    1. Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
    2. Waterloo Black Cherry Sparkling Water
    3. Conventional Avocados

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    • Imperfect Foods
      June 17, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      Oh darn! So sorry to hear those items went missing! Feel free to give us a ring at (510) 595-6683 or drop us a line here [bit.ly/2FYqBdx] so we can help out as we never want you to pay for what you can’t enjoy.

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  • PenaFamily
    June 22, 2021 at 6:38 am

    This week will be my families second order.. I would have to say I’m extremely happy with the options you have available. My daughter is extremely allergic to any and all stone fruit and having the option of making sure those are omitted along with other foods that include these fruits is wonderful because other subscriptions have not given the option to search for these ingredients. Thank you imperfect for adding this feature to completely omit these items.

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    • Imperfect
      June 22, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      Abso-fruit-ly love eating wonky and fresh with y’all! 💚

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  • Lisa
    September 3, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Do you accept food stamps?

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    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      Unfortunately, small online retailers like us aren’t allowed to. However, our team is working hard to change this in the future. Stay tuned! 🤗💚

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