Easy Recipes with Fresh, Local Ingredients

One of the reasons people love living in Hilliard is the wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available here during the summer months. The Hilliard Farm Market takes place Tuesdays through September 6th at the United Methodist Church, and The Pointe - Hilliard Apartments are near Kroger, Whole Foods, Aldi, and Target. 

You can check the Ohio crop harvest calendar for what’s in season now, and use these items to plan or complement your meals. Here are some of the foods in season this summer, as well as some of our favorite recipes to use them in. 


  • Broccoli, Cabbage

  • Cucumbers, Squash, Eggplant 

  • Okra

  • Onions

  • Peas, Snap Beans, Lima Beans

  • Peppers

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet Corn

  • Tomatoes


  • Apples

  • Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

  • Cherries

  • Peaches, Nectarines


Vegetable Skillet with Broccoli and Eggplant

Here’s a nutrient-packet skillet dish that will cover all of your vegetable needs for the entire day: carrots, eggplant, green beans, broccoli, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion. And with lemon, garlic, and red pepper flakes, it is also packed with flavor.

Cucumber Onion Salad

Unlike most salads, the longer this one sits, the better it tastes. Just combine cucumber and sliced red onion and then whisk together the apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper. Voila! 

Easy Chicken Gumbo with Lima Beans, Corn, and Okra

This recipe also contains celery, onion, and green bell pepper. With ingredients like salt, pepper, flour, and chicken broth that you probably already have in your kitchen, you won’t be tracking down hard-to-find items. 

Bell Pepper, Snap Pea, and Zucchini Stir-Fry

Ready in 30 minutes! This is a tasty, yet simple stir-fry that won’t have you laboring over a hot stove for hours. 

Summer Vegetable Saute

This recipe allows you to use corn, carrots, red onion, bell pepper, green beans, and summer squash! You can find these uncomplicated ingredients in any grocery store, and the sautee helps bring out the bold flavors without needing a lot of extras. It’s also a great way to make use of leftovers if you already have them lying around. 

Roasted Vegetables

Here’s a vegetable roast that you can easily dress up with some black pepper, olive oil, and parmesan cheese for an easy weeknight meal that also makes great leftovers. 


Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

This is a terrific summer salad to take to picnics and barbecues and only requires a few ingredients. You can use fresh, uncooked corn by shaving it right off the ear (the dressing will marinate it!) but roasted corn is just fine too. 

Peach Berry Fruit Salad

If you like to eat all the colors in just one dish, this one’s for you. A simple lime dressing helps tie all the flavors together. 

Nectarine Raspberry Cobbler

Don’t let the idea of baking deter you from trying this one– prep time is just 20 minutes and the result is a unique and flavorful summer dessert dish. You can also substitute peaches and blackberries. 

If you’re ready to enjoy summertime in a new apartment community, come check out The Pointe - Hilliard. It’s near a variety of local shopping and dining options, and with a private balcony or patio, you may want to grow some of your own fresh herbs and vegetables too. Call (614) 344-1817 for a tour today.

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Jul 5