The lemon is an evergreen tree which bears a fruit of the same name. Lemon trees are thought to have first appeared in India, China, and Burma. Originally, the fruit was not harvested for cooking purposes, but as an antidote for poisons. During the 15th century, the citrus was cultivated in Genoa; the fruit was introduced to the United States when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds with him. Here lemons were also mainly grown for ornamental or medicinal purposes, and it was not until the late 17th and 18th centuries that the fruit began to be harvested in the US for its flavor.

The citrus is used for its juice or its zest, or as a garnish. It can be macerated and added to liquor or made into a preserve. The acid from lemon juice is also used to tenderize meats in marinades, and the rind can also be pickled for a savory delicacy.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recipes with Lemons

Lemon Oatmeal and Walnut Crisps

Jen Musty, Batter Bakery

Very Tangy Lemon Bars

Alice Medrich, author of Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-your Mouth Cookies (Artisan, 2010)

Winter Slaw

Recipe from Sarah Henkin, CUESA’s Market Chef

Spring Salad

Sarah Henkin, CUESA’s Market Chef

Articles about Lemons

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.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.


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 »