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Early July Fresh at the Farm Market

How hot is it where you live?

It’s been toasty hot here in the Sonoma Valley this week, approaching the high 90’s everyday this past week.

Of course, that is good news if you are a tomato or zucchini. They seem to be doing just fine!

And the first local watermelon should be making an appearance soon.

Here is a list of the crops that you will find at the farm markets in Sonoma and San Francisco and many other farm markets around the country this week:

First of season: Basil, boysenberries, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplants, figs, new potatoes, sage, scallions, tomatoes, watermelons.

Peak of season: Avocadoes, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, chard, chipotles, dried fruit, garlic, herb starts, honey, lavender, leaf lettuce, leeks, mushrooms, nectarines, nopalitos, olives, onions, yellow and white peaches, plums, radishes, raisins, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, string beans, summer squash, wine and apple cider vinegars, fresh herbs including chives, dill, French tarragon, garlic chives, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, Russian tarragon, oregano, and culinary bay leaves.

End of season: Apricots, cauliflower, lemons, olallieberries, snow peas, Valencia oranges, vegetable 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. Harvesttotable.com has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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