Nothing is quite as magical as the first fireflies of summer, the growing corn and warm countryside sunsets. When the trees start getting heavy with leaves and the grass is mixed with wildflowers, I know summer officially is here.

With the warm weather comes a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables in fields across the state. Let’s take a look at what’s in season and what to look forward to this year.

As we delve deeper into summer, some of my favorite fruits will be here. Although it’s sad to see strawberry season dwindle, blackberry and raspberry picking time is just around the corner.

Expect fresh blackberries and blueberries July through August. There are many great farms in northern Indiana where blueberries thrive. Raspberries begin appearing in June and stay in season through August, as well.

One of my favorite fruits, watermelon, usually is ready in late summer, around August. My grandpa grows a watermelon patch in his garden — nothing is better than one from his farm!

Cantaloupes also will be in season around this time, so keep an eye out for them at the farmers market. Other fruits to add to your shopping list:

* Cherries — late June, early July;

* Grapes — late summer, August through September;

* Peaches — July through August;

* Persimmons – October; and

* Apples — July through October.

Nothing says summer like some buttered corn on the cob or a big red tomato. Personally, my favorite sweet corn always is picked late July through early August. There’s something about that time of year.

Here is a guideline of when to expect your favorite vegetables to be freshest at farmers markets or in grocery stores:

* Broccoli — beginning late May and lasting until October;

* Sweet corn — late June through late August;

* Green beans — July through September;

* Onions — August through October;

* Peas — June through August; and

* Summer squash — July through October.

These times are just a general timeline and can change depending on the weather. We are having a later season than last year, so don’t be surprised if it takes a little longer than expected to get your favorite foods.

For a more detailed list of seasonality, visit or talk to a farmer near you!