Farmer’s Markets: Late Summer Bounty

August and September are when we begin to see a glut of vegetables at the Farmer’s Market, as nature’s bounty comes rolling in. But that’s no bad thing if you’re a bunny! Safe vegetables that are in season now and available at your farmer’s market, include:

  • Basil
  • Beet Tops
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

For a small treat (a one-inch piece), fruits available now are:

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Grapes

Always be sure and remove any pips and seeds from apples and stone fruits, as they can be toxic to rabbits.

And following on from last week’s article on removing pesticides from your fruits and vegetables, be sure to buy organic versions of the boldface items, and wash all fruit and veggies thoroughly before you or your rabbit consumes them. Salad Spinners are great for washing and drying bunny greens in a snap.

Get to know your local farmers and tell them whether you have house rabbits or if you volunteer with rescued rabbits. Many will set aside the tasty leaves that customers don’t want, such as carrot tops, or the outer leaves of broccoli and cauliflower. These would otherwise go to waste, so why not treat your rabbits with them?