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

Red Kabocha Squash and Red Russian Kale with Tahini, Za'atar, and Roasted Hazelnuts

Lynn Gorfinkle, Roam Artisan Burgers

Persimmon and Pomegranate Relish

Karen Diggs, Kraut Source

Chestnut Orecchiette with Pork Sausage, Broccoli di Cicco, and White Beans

David Bazirgan, Dirty Habit

Root Vegetable Chips with Roasted Carrot Hummus

Joanne Weir, Kitchen Gypsy

Cauliflower Cheese

Leanne Brown, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

Articles Tagged with Autumn

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The Farmers' Feast: Unconventional Thanksgiving Traditions from the Farm

Give thanks for local farms! Everyone has their own mealtime customs, farmers included.

November 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Beyond the Turkey

Move over, turkey. At the Ferry Plaza, there are plenty of local and sustainable foods for your farm-fresh feast.

September 25, 2015

Canned Heat: Preserving Summer’s Spice with Tierra Vegetables

Fall has officially begun, but things are just starting to heat up at Tierra Vegetables.

September 11, 2015

25+ Reasons You Don't Want to Miss CUESA's First Mission Rock Farmers Market Pop-Up

Our monthly pop-up farmers markets at The Yard at Mission Rock offer new surprises and old faves.

August 13, 2015

CUESA Mission Rock Farmers Market Pop-Ups at The Yard

Join CUESA at The Yard at Mission Rock for a holiday markets on December 20.


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