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

Cauliflower Zahlouk

Joyce Goldstein, Inside the California Food Revolution

Gravenstein Apple, Fennel, Celery, and Radish Salad with Handmade Ricotta

Daniel Corey, Luce

Wild Mushroom Brioche Pudding

Andrew Court, The Fairmont San Francisco

Cheryl's Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Pears

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery

Plant Dye from Avocado Pits

Sasha Duerr, Permacouture Institute

Articles Tagged with Autumn

November 15, 2013

Sweet Pop-Ups for the Holidays

Get your locally made sweets! The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market welcomes Three Babes Bakeshop and Tout Sweet Pâtisserie.

November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving Guide

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

October 30, 2013

Congratulations, Pie Contest Winners

Thanks to all of our pie contest entrants! We had 25 pie submissions, and the competition was close.

October 25, 2013

Putting Up the Fall Harvest

Don’t let winter leave you out in the cold. Here are six fun and easy ways to preserve the fall harvest.

October 18, 2013

Trail Mix: A Tour of Fruit and Nut Orchards

Get an up-close look at Capay Canyon Ranch and K&J Orchards during the fall fruit and nut harvest.

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 »