It’s Summer

The first official day of summer came the middle of last week, June 21.

That means we are now enjoying the last of the cool-weather vegetables from spring and beginning to get a taste of some of this year’s warm-weather vegetables. Now is an in between time of the year when we can enjoy two harvests at once.

Here are some of the crops you will find at the farm market this week:

First-of-season: Basil, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, dill, figs, shelling peas, snow peas, new potatoes, nopalitos, scallions, string beans, summer squash, tomatoes, white peaches, zucchini.

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

End-of-season: Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, celery, Jerusalem artichokes, lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, turnips, vegetable plant 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. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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