Autumn

September 22–December 21

Lucky for those of us in California, as harvests peak, much of what was available during summer’s bounty will also bleed into most of autumn. Tomatoes are still readily available until mid-November, as are potatoes and eggplants.

Melons will wind down soon, so get them while still available; and sadly, stone fruit is all but finished. Replacing them will be over 30 varieties of apples, such as Black Twigs, Pippins, Pink Ladies, Fujis, and Red Delicious. Related fruit—pears, Asian pears, and quince—will begin to make their appearance at the market; don’t miss the sweet pineapple guavas, also known as feijoas. Persimmons and pomegranates start in late September and pick up in October and November, when juicy citrus begins to dominate the market. 

Hard squash, a delicious harbinger of winter, will appear soon – Butternut, Kabocha, Pumpkin, Delicata, and Red Kuri are just a few of the varieties that will be abundant with cooler weather. Root vegetables such as parsnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, and beets will continue the march into winter, accompanied by broccoli, kale, collards, and cauliflower. 

Fall nut harvests mean the market will see fresh raw nuts in their shells, while the olive harvest in November will bring olio nuovo, a fresh, intense green olive oil available in the first few weeks after pressing. Chestnut harvests begin in October and last through the end of the year.

Petrale sole and halibut are in the market, with crab season opening on November 15th.

Autumn Recipes

Classic Potato Latkes

Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Butternut Squash, Kale, and Crunchy Pepitas Tacos

Tacolicious

Dungeness Crab Flan

Chris Jones, Gaspar Brasserie

Tuscan Chopped Salad with Romaine, Radicchio, and Kale

Charles Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Winter Squash, Wild Rice, and Apple Soup with Sage

Charles Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Articles Tagged with Autumn

November 19, 2014

We Have Live Crab

Carapace Fishing brings locally caught live crab to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

November 14, 2014

It's Alive! Kraut Talk with Kathryn Lukas

Discover the weird and wild world of fermentation with kraut maven Kathryn Lukas of Farmhouse Culture.

November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Guide

Give thanks for local farmers! We have a special holiday farmers market schedule, plus tips and recipes for a farm-fresh Thanksgiving.

November 07, 2014

Birds Large and Small for Thanksgiving

Whether you’re hosting two or ten, you’ll find humanely and locally raised birds for your holiday feast at the farmers market.

October 31, 2014

Orchards and Organics in the Central Valley

Take a virtual tour of Lagier Ranches and Lucero Organic Farms.

About CUESA

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 »