End of October Harvest

As October comes to a close, the final harvest of the hardier vine crops is underway and the fresh fall pickings of greens and root crops have begun. Kale is approaching full maturity and cabbages are starting to slow down in their growth.

Now is the time to enjoy your final fresh pickings of tender squash. The first killing frost of the season is not far away.

At the farm market this week, look for the following fresh picked crops:

First-of-season: Chestnuts, kale, kiwi, persimmons, pomegranates, new walnuts.

Peak-of-season: Apples, apple cider, apple cider vinegars, arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chilies, chipotles, cilantro, collards, dried fruit, green onions, guava (pineapple and strawberry), heirloom tomatoes, herb starts, leaf lettuce, leeks, lima beans, mushrooms, new potatoes, olive oil, onions, radishes, raisins, raspberries, red onions, rutabagas, salad mix, scallions, spinach, strawberries, sweet yellow onions, sweet potatoes, vegetable plant starts, fresh herbs including chives, dill, French tarragon, garlic chives, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, Russian tarragon, sage, oregano and culinary bay leaves.

End-of-season: Asian pears, basil, bell peppers, pickling and salad cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, grapefruit, grapes, green beans, lemons, melons, nectarines, nopalitos, oranges, peaches, plums, raspberries, Romano beans, scallions, shelling peas, snow peas, strawberries, summer squash (Delicata, butternut, Kabocha and acorn),table grapes, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, yellow waxed beans, winter vegetable starts, zucchini

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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