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The Telegram
  • Farmers Market Top Picks by Season

  • A guide to local farmers market produce
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  • Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market can be a simple, cost-effective means of supporting local farmers and avoiding mass-produced and genetically modified food. But your first stroll through the market stalls can leave your eyes wide and your wallet empty if you don’t know what to buy and when it’s in season. We’ve consulted some of the most-poplar farmers markets across the country —from the Crescent City Market in New Orleans to the Portland (Ore.) Farmers Market and dozens in between — to compile this handy guide to what’s available by season and region. West Spring: green garlic, chicory, cherimoyas, fava beans, apricots Summer: basil, melons, tomatillos, blueberries, cactus pears Fall: hazelnuts, olives, bell peppers, salsify, sunchokes Winter: chestnuts, grapefruit, guava, mandarins, persimmons Yearround: horseradish, avocado Central Spring: dill, head lettuces, strawberries, radishes Summer: figs, watermelon, eggplant, nectarines, radicchio Fall: pumpkin and other edible gourds, peppers, pecans, okra, broccoli Winter: micro greens, pomegranates, cauliflower, Swiss chard Yearround: Arugula, potatoes, mint, beets, chard Midwest Spring: bunch onions, morel mushrooms, sprouts, spinach, leaf lettuce Summer: kohlrabi, zucchini, currants, celery, rhubarb Fall: grapes, Indian corn, wild mushrooms, beets Winter: chard, kale, microgreens, radishes, greens Yearround: potatoes, onions Northeast Spring: mesclun, salad turnips, fiddleheads, chicory, parsnips Summer: fennel, Asian greens, plums, early apples Fall: cranberries, broccoli raab, sorrel, soy beans, canning & sauce tomatoes Winter: dry beans, Brussels sprouts, late season greens, turnips Yearround: apples, garlic Southeast Spring: Mayhaws, green tomatoes, new potatoes, lemongrass, sugarcane Summer: asian pears, muscadine grapes, creole tomatoes, boysenberries Fall: cucuzza, cushaw, field peas, hot peppers, peanuts Winter: citrus fruit, Mizuna, Mirliton, beets, sweet potatoes Yearround: collard greens, green onions Nationwide Spring: Asparagus, peas, strawberries, artichokes, sprouts Summer: Beans (green, yellow, lima, broad), cane berries (blackberries, raspberries, mulberries), Stonefruit (cherries, plums, peaches), summer squashes, corn, tomatoes, cucumber Fall: Apples, carrots, garlic and shallots, pears, mushrooms, sweet potatoes Winter: Leafy greens (collards, turnip, beet, kale), winter squashes, root vegetables (turnips, celeriac, rutabaga), leeks, cabbage Hawaii Spring: Starfruit, Surinam cherry, breadfruit, thimble berry Summer: bananas, coconut, Lychee, mango, passion fruit Fall: cacao, Malabar chestnut, tree tomato, Ohelo berry, ice cream bean Winter: Buddha’s Hand, kumquat, sugar apple, Rangpur lime, mangosteen Alaska Summer: radishes, snow peas, greens, leaf lettuce Fall: peas, winter squash, potatoes, head lettuce Winter: lingonberry For help finding a nearby market, visit localharvest.org and search for one—or several! Brought to you by: American Profile
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