Farm Market Fresh

If you are headed out to the farm market this weekend, here’s this week’s update on the fresh vegetables and fruits your growers are likely to have on hand:

First-of-season: Apricots, cucumbers, snow peas, shelling peas, yellow waxed beans, green beans, melons, squash, red onions, sweet yellow onions, garlic, radishes summer squash and zucchini.

Peak-of-season: Arugula, beets, bok choy, cabbage, cilantro, carrots, chard, cauliflower, collards, green onions, kale, leeks, leaf lettuce, salad mix and spinach.

End-of-season: apples, broccoli, celery, cherries, fava beans, lemons, scallions, oranges, nectarines, peaches, grapefruit and turnips.

Remember, this list reflects seasonality at the farm market I frequent in Sonoma, California, USDA Zone 9. The growers at your farm market can tell you how seasonality may vary where you are–probably not more than a few weeks.

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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