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What is Ripe This Month?

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Farmers Markets around the world supply us with the most delicious produce throughout the year. Listed below are some items you might find in your area:



Apples, pears, Asian pears, winter greens and lettuces, winter squashes, potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, parsnips, cabbages, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beets, rutabagas, turnips, dried shelling beans, carrots, wild mushrooms.


Salad greens, wild greens, carrots, radishes, broccoli, turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, winter squashes, fresh herbs, garlic, apples, wild mushrooms, dried shelling beans.


Asparagus, radishes, sunchokes, spring greens, garlic shoots, cabbage greens, hothouse cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, wild mushrooms, wild foraged greens, fiddlehead ferns, baby vegetables & greens, dried beans, rhubarb.


Braising greens, wild greens, lettuces, asparagus, celery, sweet salad onions, potatoes and root veggies, radishes, cauliflower, green garlic, fresh herbs, radicchio, hothouse cherry tomatoes, rhubarb, dried beans and fruits.


Strawberries, cherries, currants, raspberries, sugar snap peas, fava beans, sweet onions, dozens of greens & lettuces, wild mushrooms, wild sea beans, rhubarb, apriums, squash blossoms, pea vines, fiddlehead ferns, shelling peas, radishes, cucumbers, bamboo shoots, carrots, sunchokes, radicchio, hothouse tomatoes, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, scallions, beets, turnips, potatoes, peanuts, hazelnuts, more:

  • Fresh Herbs – coriander, lemon balm, mint, oregano, chives, thyme, sage, tarragon, basil


Apricots, haricot verts, maroon & golden carrots, golden beets, cucumbers, radishes, nectarines, peaches, Romanesco cauliflower, apriums, shelling peas, sugar snap peas, squash blossoms, onions, garlic tops, sunchokes, radicchio, hothouse tomatoes, cauliflower, red beets, French turnips, Fava beans, Ozette potatoes, eggplant, sweet corn, peanuts, hazelnuts, more:

  • Berries – raspberries, strawberries, tayberries, blueberries, marionberries, loganberries, redgooseberries, wild blackberries, huckleberries
  • Fresh Herbs – Coriander, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Marjoram, Chives, Thyme, Sage, Tarragon, Basil
  • Cherries – Attika, Skeena, Summit, Bings, Rainiers, Vans, Baliton, Montmorency
  • Lettuces – Wildman’s Green, Prizehead, Romaine, Galisse, Red Oak, Sierra, Black Seeded Simpson, Jericho, Red Riding Hood, Merlot, Bronze Arrow, Esmeralda, Capitain, Cardinale, Redina, RedRumple, Iceberg
  • Braising Greens – Pea Vines, Kairan (rare Japanese variety), Chicory, Chinese Spinach, Chinese Broccoli, Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Tatsoi, Dandelion Greens, Sorrel, Mizuna, Broccoli Rabe, Spinach, Chinese Mustard, Red Mustard, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, Shinguko, Shiso, Pac Choi, Mibuna Hanana, Swiss anRainbow Chard


Shelling beans, garlic, sweet and hot peppers, tomatillos, chantrelles, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, apples, all kinds of melons, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, rhubarb, dozens of lettuces and greens, sweet corn, eggplants, okra, summer squashes, radishes, cucumbers, cabbage, fennel, kohlrabi, carrots, onions, radicchio, heirloom tomatoes, lilac and golden cauliflower, Romanesco cauliflower, broccoli, beets, French turnips, favas, leeks, potatoes, more:

  • Fresh Herbs – Basil, Anise Hyssop, Summer Savory, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint Lemon Basil, Purple Basil, Cinnamon Basil,  Dill, Rosemary, Cilantro Root, Dill, Coriander, Epazote, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Marjoram, Chives, Thyme, Sage, Tarragon, Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Pole Beans – Romano, Yellow Wax, Green, Haricot Vert, Blue Lake


Apples, golden raspberries, peaches, pears, ground cherries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, Pluots, artichokes, garlic, edamame, winter squash, sweet and hot peppers, sweet corn, okra, scallions, celeriac, red and white turnips, Napa cabbage, fennel, kohlrabi, radicchio, dozens of varieties of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower, red, golden & chioggia beets, baby turnips, fava beans, leeks, more:

  • Fresh Herbs – Anise Hyssop, Summer Savory, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemon Basil, Purple Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Dill, Rosemary, Dill, Coriander, Epazote, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Marjoram, Chives, Garlic Chives, Thyme, Sage, Tarragon, Flat Leaf Parsley, Basil
  • Melons – Crenshaw, Charlynn, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon (orange fleshed and seedless), Ice Box Watermelon, Yellow Doll Watermelon, Charentais, Butterscotch, Japanese, Bittermelon
  • Asian pears – 20th Century, Ichiban, Kosui, Yakuma, Hosui, Tojuro
  • Plums – Duarte, Burbank, Shiro, Sun, Small “Wild” varieties, Italian Prunes
  • Lettuces – Speckled Amish Butterhead, Cherokee RedCrisphead, Wildman’s Green, Prizehead, Romaine, Galisse, Red Oak, Sierra, Black Seeded Simpson, Jericho, Red Riding Hood, Merlot, Bronze Arrow, Esmeralda, Stem Lettuce, Capitain, Cardinale, Redina, Red Rumple, Iceberg
  • Greens – Mache, Squash Vines, Chicory, Purslane, Chinese Spinach, Chinese Broccoli, Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Tatsoi, Sorrel, Mizuna, Broccoli Rabe, Spinach, Chinese Mustard, RedMustard, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, Swiss, White & Rainbow Chard
  • Eggplants – Japanese, Purple, Lilac, White, Green Striped
  • Cucumbers – Pickling, Su Yu Long, English, Lemon
  • Beans – Romano, Yellow Wax, Haricot Vert, Blue Lake, Italian, Dragon Tongue, Conseca, Japanese Long, shelled Flageolet beans
  • Carrots – Thumbelina, Maroon, Yellow, Orange
  • Onions – Walla Walla, Cipollini, Sweet Onion, Red Torpedo


Baby cabbage, wild mushrooms (Chanterelles, Porcini, Lobster, Matsutake), ever-bearing raspberries (red & golden), melons, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, quince, hardy kiwis, lettuces, braising greens, artichoke, beets, broccoli, pole beans, peas, carrots, celery, celeriac, sweet corn, chestnuts, edamame, garlic, kohlrabi, shallots, radishes, cucumbers, onions, turnips, cauliflower, eggplant, favas, pumpkins, sweet and hot peppers, dozens of tomatoes, fresh herbs, more:

  • Squashes – Hubbard, Sweet Dumpling, Sugar Loaf, Spaghetti, Turk’s Turban, Honey Boat, Galeux d’ Eysines, Loofah
  • Apples – Cox’s Orange Pippin, KingDavid, Cameo, Jonathan, King, Smokehouse, Belle de Boskoop, Egremont Russet
  • Pears – Bosc, Bartlett, 20th Century, Kosui (Honey), Ichiban, Yakumo, Moonglow, RedBartletts, D‘Anjou


Plums, pluots, horseradish root, lettuces, Brussels sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, celery root, chestnuts, edamame, garlic, kohlrabi, shallots, radish, cucumbers, onions, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, cabbages, cauliflower, fava beans, all kinds of potatoes, sweet ant hot peppers, tomatoes (field and hothouse), wild mushrooms, fresh herbs, more:

  • Apples – Newton Pippin, Ashmead’s Kernel, Spitzenburg, Winesap, Melrose, Cameo, Jonathan, Belle de Boskoop, Rome, Egremont Russet, Braeburn, Jonagold, Galas, Fujis, Gingergolds, Honey Crisp, Macintosh, Golden Russet, Stayman
  • Pears – Bronze Beauty, D’anjou, Bosc, Bartlett, 20th Century, Kosui (Honey) Asian varieties
  • Braising greens – Arugula, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collards, Black Italian Collards, Endive, Mizuna, Mustards, Rapini (broccoli rabe), Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Kale, Chard
  • Shelling beans – Cranberry, Panda, Cannolini, Black Turtle, Dixie Speckled Butter Peas, Flageolet
  • Winter squash – Amber Cup, Sweet Dumpling, Sugar Loaf, Spaghetti, Turk’s Turban, Honey Boat, Galeux d’ Eysines,  Rouge Pumpkins, Hubbard, Golden Nugget, Fairy Tale, Cinderella, Kobocha, Butternut, Delicata, Acorn, Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Rouge Pumpkins


Apples, pears, plums, pluots, lettuces, greens, fresh herbs, Brussels Sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, beets, broccoli, Romanesco Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic:  Elephant and Spanish Roja, kohlrabi, shallots, scallion, Turnips, Rutabagas,  Parsnips,  Cabbage,   Cauliflower, Fava Beans, potatoes, Chantrelles, more:

  • Beans – dried: Cannolini, Black Turtle, Peas
  • Winter Squash – Kobocha, Golden Nugget, Carnival, Acorn, Kuri
  • Pumpkin Squash – Fairy Tale, Sugar Pie, French Rouge


Search for a market near you and revel in the refresh food it has to offer!

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