Thursday, July 4, 2013

More varieties of produce are ripe and ready for picking at farmers markets

While the cold spring slowed down the arrival of berries and vegetables in the area, there is a great variety of locally-grown produce ripening, at last.
Produce that you can find at farmers markets right now include: lettuce, greens including spinach, Swiss chard, kale, green onions, celery, peas, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, beans, zucchini, summer squash and rhubarb. You might even find cucumbers, egg plant, peppers, potatoes and raspberries. Asparagus and strawberries are pretty much done. But coming soon are cantaloupes, beets, cherries, blackberries and blueberries and little tomatoes (cherry and grape tomatoes, maybe even Roma). But you will probably have to wait until August for locally-grown big tomatoes, Brussel sprouts (plants behind basket in above photo, pea plants are further behind), watermelon, sweet corn and apples.
The outlook is good for locally-grown apples this year. Last year, we barely had any, due to a late frost after the trees had flowered.
For a list of farmers markets, visit The Oakland Press or see the farmers market page on this blog.

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