Kick Off Summer with These Fresh Produce Ideas

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As you kick off the summer grilling season this Memorial Day weekend, make sure you add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to your menus.

Farmers markets are now teeming with all kinds of delicious produce and other farm products. When you fire up the grill, keep in mind that many fruits and vegetables are quite agreeable to this method of cooking. We have a few tips on our website, For some basic guidelines on grilling vegetables, here are cooking time guidelines from a Cooperative Extension program known as Cook Smart, Eat Smart:

Appropriate Cooking Time

  • Asparagus: 5 to 8 minutes
  • Green beans: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Eggplant, sliced: 5 to 7 minutes
  • Mushrooms: 5 to 8 minutes
  • Onions, red or Vidalia: 5 to 8 minutes
  • New potatoes, halved: 5 to 8 minutes
  • Sweet potatoes, sliced: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Squash, sliced lengthwise: 5 to 7 minutes
  • Zucchini, sliced lengthwise: 5 to 7 minutes

Clean and prepare vegetables. Brush both sides of vegetables with marinade of choice. Grill vegetables, turning once, for indicated grilling time. Brush vegetables with marinade during grilling to ensure they stay moist and flavorful.


The face of The Produce Lady program is Brenda Sutton, N.C. Cooperative Extension director in Rockingham County. Brenda grew up on a farm in eastern Wake County and developed a love for good, home-grown food as a child. Good quality, local foods are her passion and she loves sharing healthy, nutritious ways to select, store, prepare and preserve foods from the local farmers market. She’s all about easy, no-nonsense tips that help people incorporate more fresh produce into their diets.

The program consists of a series of videos on North Carolina fruits and vegetables and other local food products. The program includes a website, recipes, blog, food demonstrations at farmers markets and other events, and YouTube and Facebook pages.



Brenda Sutton is a Guest Columnist for Rockingham County Events & News Online; We at, Thank Mrs. Sutton for her contibutions to our content.

Disclaimer: The Views and Opinions Expressed by the author are his or her opinions only and do not necessarily reflect those of, It’s Staff, or Contractors.

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