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 Apple Pie

Lenore Estrada & Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop

Rabbit Crepinette

Ryan Farr, 4505 Meats

Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens

Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan

Della Panzanella

Kathleen Weber, Della Fattoria

Dried Stone Fruit Granola Bars

Lucas Knox, Burritt Room + Tavern

Articles Tagged with Autumn

October 24, 2014

Perfect Pie Tips from the Pros

What separates pedestrian pastry from a prize winner? We asked four experts.

October 17, 2014

A New Standard for California Olive Oil

California takes matters into its own hands to elevate the reputation of domestic olive oil.

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.

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 »