Grapes may be one of the earliest cultivated fruits on Earth. The Greeks harvested the berry for wine-making and the Romans later perfected the practice, understanding the importance of pruning, climate, and proper storage. After a short disappearance, the European Church revived the practice of wine-making and Franciscan Friars later brought the grape to California, where the soil and lack of grape-feeding pests provided an ideal growing environment.

There are three main species of grape (European, North American, and French Hybrids) and thousands of varieties. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 71% of world grape production is used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% as dried fruit. They grow in clusters of 6 to 300 and are considered a “true berry.” They are a versatile ingredient and pair well with savory dishes, like a traditional chicken salad or as an adventurous topping for fish.

In Season

July, August, September, October, November

Recipes with Grapes

Beer-Pickled Vegetables

Adam Dulye, Monk’s Kettle and Abbott’s Cellar

Tomatoes with Grape Juice (Pomodori con l'Uva)

Joyce Goldstein

Articles about Grapes

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, GMO. What’s the difference?

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »