Mid-July Market Fresh

Mid- to late July is prime time for green beans. They are young, thin and tender. Ah, well!

Baby carrots and baby summer squash and some early potatoes are among the other youngsters you will find at the mid-July harvest market.Take pleasure this week in all that’s fresh from the farm. Here’s a partial list of what to expect:

First-of-season: Boysenberries, corn, cucumbers, dill, snow peas, shelling peas, yellow waxed beans, green beans, melons, new potatoes, squash blossoms, red onions, sweet yellow onions, garlic, radishes, scallions, summer squash, table grapes, tomatoes, watermelons, zucchini.

Peak-of-season: Arugula, apricots, avocados, basil, beets, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, chard, chipotles, cilantro, carrots, chard, cauliflower, collards, dried fruit, eggplants, figs, garlic, herb starts, honey, leaf lettuce, leeks, mushrooms, nectarines, nopalitos, olive oil, green onions, yellow and white peaches, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, string beans, summer squash, apple cider vinegars, 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, apricots, celery, cherries, fava beans, lemons, scallions, Valencia oranges, nectarines, peaches, grapefruit, snow peas, 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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