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.