Height-of-the Season Harvest

Ripe tomatoes and corn! Eating fresh is habit forming.

The very best corn, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes of the year are at the farm market this week. Here’s a list of just some of the crops you will find at your growers’ stands as the month comes to a close:

First-of-season: Asian pears, chilies, gobos, table grapes, winter vegetable starts.

Peak-of-season: Apples, apple cider, apple cider vinegars, apricots, arugula, avocados, Bartlett pears, basil, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbages, cantaloupes, carrots, chard, chipotles, cilantro, corn, pickling and salad cucumbers, dried fruit, eggplants, figs, garlic, green beans, herb starts, honey, leaf lettuce, leeks, lemon cucumbers, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, new potatoes, nopalitos, olive oil, olives, onions, yellow and white peaches, plums, radishes, raisins, raspberries, Romano beans, salad mix, scallions, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, watermelons, zucchini, 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, blueberries, cherries, fava beans, lavender, lemons, scallions, oranges, grapefruit, turnips.

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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