Late August Farmers Market

Why is August called the lush harvest month?

The answer is at the farmers’ market this week.

Here is a list of the fresh fruits and vegetables I found at the farm market this past Tuesday at the farmers’ market in the Sonoma plaza. The bounty is likely to very similar where you live.

First-of-season: Apple cider, apricots, basil, Bartlett pears, bell peppers, chilies, cucumber, gobo, kale, snow peas, shelling peas, yellow waxed beans, green beans, melons, squash blossoms, red onions, sweet yellow onions, garlic, table grapes, radishes, summer squash, tomatillos, zucchini.

Peak-of-season: Apple cider vinegars, avocados, arugula, beets, blueberries, broccoli, bok choy, cabbages, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chipotles, cilantro, collards, corn, lemon cucumbers, pickling and salad cucumbers, dried fruit, figs, garlic, greens beans, green onions, herb starts, honey, leaf lettuce, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, new potatoes, nopalitos, olive oil, olives, onions, yellow and white peaches, plums, radishes, raisins, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, summer squash , tomatoes, watermelons and fresh herbs including chives, dill, French tarragon, garlic chives, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, Russian tarragon, sage, oregano and culinary bay leaves.

End-of-season: Apples, celery, cherries, fava beans, lavender, lemons, scallions, oranges, nectarines, peaches, grapefruit, turnips, vegetable plant starts.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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