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The End of September Harvest

It really does feel like the end of summer here in the Sonoma Valley this week. The weather has turned breezy and slightly cooler. At the farm market in the Sonoma town plaza this past Tuesday evening a sweater was in order once the sun dipped below the valley edge.

Our growers still have a lot to choose from, but it seems the tables are shrinking ever so slightly.

There were plenty of heirloom tomatoes to choose from also eggplants and squash, but I’m seeing more apples which means the fall harvest is around the corner.

The end of summer is a time to savor the end of summer’s crops and to anticipate the first crisp fall frosts.

At the farm market this week, here is a list of what your growers are likely to have on hand:

First-of-season: Apples, Brussels sprouts, Delicata, butternut, Kabocha and acorn squash, pineapple and strawberry guava, kale, lima beans, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins and decorative gourds, new walnuts, sweet potatoes, winter vegetable starts.

Peak-of-season: Arugula, Asian pears, avocadoes, basil, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbages, cantaloupes, carrots, chard, chipotles, cilantro, cucumbers, dried fruit, eggplants, figs, garlic, grapes, green onions, heirloom tomatoes, herb starts, hot and sweet peppers, leaf lettuce, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, new potatoes, nopalitos, olive oil, olives, onions, radishes, raisins, raspberries, red onions, Romano beans, salad mix, scallions, spinach, squash blossoms, strawberries, summer squash, sweet yellow onions, table grapes, tomatoes, tomatillos, vegetable plant starts, and herbs including chives, dill, French tarragon, garlic chives, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, Russian tarragon, sage, oregano and culinary bay leaves.

End-of-season: Apricots, Bartlett pears, corn, lemon cucumbers, grapefruit, green beans, lavender, lemons, peaches, plums, scallions, oranges, scallions, shelling peas, snow peas, tomatoes, turnips, yellow waxed beans, yellow peaches, watermelons, 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. Harvesttotable.com has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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