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Spring

March 20-June 21

Leafy greens like chard, arugula, and stinging nettles should each be in the market by the time spring begins. Winter citrus such as grapefruits, pomelos, and oranges will still be abundant though winding down as the weather gets warmer. Asparagus will be over by the end of the season, with artichoke harvests dwindling—just a few coastal growers continue to have them leading into the summer.

Spring marks the first sign of summer produce—cherries and strawberries all begin as early as April, with a very brief apricot harvest following in May, and ending by June. Plums, apriums, and pluots all begin their harvest in May and June as well. Blueberries will make their way to the market by the very end of spring.

In June, hothouse and cherry tomatoes segue into their beefier summer counterparts, alongside beans, summer squash, lettuce, and basil harvests. The Allium family of onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks spring up at the beginning of the season, with garlic scapes and sweet Stockton red onions by late April. Dried onions are available year-round, but spring is the opportunity to get a hold of fresh ones right out of the ground. 

New potatoes begin to crop up around this time as well. Freshly dug from the field, these young taters have thinner skins than matured potatoes harvested later in the year. 

Fresh pastured eggs should become more plentiful, since hens unexposed to artificial light will produce more eggs as the days lengthen. Milk production will also increase, and some of the artisan cheese producers will reenter the market as milk supplies become more abundant. Local fish such as sardines, sand dabs, halibut, calamari, and black cod begin to become available.

Lamb meat arrives beginning in April/May, and extends until January/February.

Spring Recipes

Yerba Buena Salad

Val Cantu, Californios

Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Brown Butter and Parmigiano Reggiano

Matt Davidson, Pizzeria Delfina

Cauliflower and Asparagus Pasta with Smoky Carrot Coulis and Fennel Ricotta

Daniel Capra, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

 

Carrot Top Pesto

Gloria Polo, East Bay Community Recovery Project

Avocado Toast

Suzanne Drexhage, Bartavelle

Articles Tagged with Spring

March 17, 2017

That’s All, Yolks: Washoe Valley Duck Farm Shows the Sunny Side of Egg Farming

Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Bordessa introduces farmers market shoppers to the joys of pasture-raised duck eggs.

March 03, 2017

From Drought to Flood, California Farmers Eagerly Await Spring

California’s drought appears to be over, but the heavy rains have been a mixed blessing for our farmers.

February 24, 2017

California Avocados: Worth the Wait

Avocados are back! Farmer Will Brokaw shares the avocado’s journey from “alligator pear” to national superfood.

February 10, 2017

True Love for Local Flowers

Every rose has its thorn–and a heavy carbon footprint, too. Try farmers market blooms this Valentine’s Day instead.

April 28, 2016

Farmsteads of the California Coast: Swanton Berry Farm

Meet organic and food justice pioneers Swanton Berry Farm in this excerpt from “Farmsteads of the California Coast.”

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