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Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Early Summer Veggies

Kathie Bergquist
Written by Kathie Bergquist

It’s finally summer, and in Chicago where we’re headquartered, that means the farmer’s markets are finally open again, and teeming with bounty from the earth. To celebrate the arrival of fresh, seasonal and local goodness, we’re dedicating this week’s Friday Favorites to our top five late spring and early summer veggies. Which are your faves?



asparagusThe harbingers of spring, regal, delectable stalks of asparagus are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber, and protein. A digestive aid, nutrients in asparagus aid with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and it has been indicated in reducing risk of colon cancer. Read more about asparagus’s nutritional qualities here and here.

Cool asparagus recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:

Shaved Asparagus Salad

Shaved Asparagus Salad

Shaved asparagus salad with corn and red onions.

Asparagus, Leek and Collard Green Soup

Asparagus fries


sweet pea

Not just for your pasta salad, anymore! Pretty little vibrant green pebbles, sweet peas are full of Vitamin C, and also a great source of fiber. To find out more about the nutritional values of sweet peas, read this and this.  

Cool sweat pea recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:

Sweet Pea Kombucha Puree

Sweet Pea Kombucha Puree

Easy Minty Pea Soup

Sweet Pea Kombucha Puree

Broccoli, Avocado and Sweet Pea Hummus


radishPacked with a refreshing and invigorating spice, radishes are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. They are a good source of Vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. Read more about radishes’ nutrional values here and here.

Cool radish recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:


Roasted Radishes with Garden Chives

Roasted Radishes with Garden Chives

Vegan Radish Dip

Quick Pickled Radish Salad



A nutritional powerhouse and ultimate super food, spinach is a breast and skin cancer fighter and is loaded with calcium and Vitamin C to help maintain strong bone health. Learn more about all the ways spinach is good for you here and here.

Cool spinach recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:

Vegan Spinach Balls with Green Pesto

Vegan Spinach Balls with Green Pesto

Chole Palak (Chick Peas with Spinach)

Tofu Spinach Lasagna

Vegan Spinach Balls with Pesto Sauce

Zucchini and Summer Squash

zucchiniA serving (1 cup) of zucchini or summer squash with its skin on (most of the nutrients are in the skin, so don’t peel them) contains 60% of your bodies daily requirement of Vitamin D. High in fiber and low in calories, these squashes may assist in blood sugar regulation. Read more about their nutritional properties here and here.

Cool zucchini and summer squash recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:

Summer Squash Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Summer Squash Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Zucchini, Onion, and Yellow Squash Gratin

Yellow Squash Chips

Summer Squash Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Which are YOUR favorite early summer veggies?

About the author

Kathie Bergquist

Kathie Bergquist

Kathie Bergquist is publisher and editor-in-chief of Ms. Fit Mag. She teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago and edited of the anthology. "Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast" and is co-author of "A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago." Pulled reluctantly into a fitness lifestyle by her wife and partner of many years, Bergquist is now a runner, a boot camper, and a yogini.


  • Thanks, Kathie, for including my recipe for vegan Zucchini, Onion, and Yellow Squash Gratin in your early summer line-up! I’m so honored! I love your online mag and I also love your city! I was privileged to be accepted to a week long studio intensive for high school art teachers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago last June and fell in love with it and Chi-town. I had been there, just never for that long and never for such a purpose. Anyway, many thanks. I hope you and your readers enjoy! (Oh, one more connection: one of my favorite yoga instructors here in VA Beach trained in Chicago when she lived there. She must have gotten excellent instruction in the Windy City because she is tops!)

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