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Greg Peck: A season of bountiful fresh fruit

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Greg Peck
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the USA Weekend magazine in Sunday's Gazette, a feature by Kelly Skinner of 10best.com listed the 10 best healthy snacks.

No. 1 was fruit because it can satisfy your hunger why racking up vitamins. Check. We have plenty of fruits this time of year.

No. 2 was salted almonds—a travel-friendly protein. Check, we have those in the house, too.

No. 3 was string cheese. Check, we have some in the refrigerator.

This time of year, I'm more than getting my daily allotment of fruits. Each July the past few summers, my wife, Cheryl, has bought a box of peaches from a trucker driving up from Georgia and parking at the Kmart lot. This time, she also bought a box of blueberries. I arrived home to find two mounds of fresh fruit on the counter. Yum!

A fresh, ripe peach is my favorite fruit. Still, nothing's better as a topping for my morning Cheerios than fresh, plump blueberries. Lots of the berries went into the freezer, but I've been munching through several peaches each day, getting my fill.

I enjoy apples, oranges and bananas through much of the year, but I don't relish those like I do the strawberry, raspberry and blueberry seasons. My love of the red berries probably stems from the days when I'd help my maternal grandmother pick fresh strawberries and raspberries from her large garden in my hometown of Marshall. (Let's see, one for the basket, one for me; one for the basket, two for me!)

Then, of course, it's watermelon and muskmelon season. Cheryl and I enjoyed an especially sweet, seedless watermelon last week.

It's a mouthwatering time of the year. Good thing we have the Janesville Farmers Market available downtown each Saturday (and sweet corn season is just getting underway).

Which fruit is your favorite?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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