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

Creamy Carrot Goat Cheese Risotto

Hollie Greene, JoyFoodly.com

Slow-Roasted Goat Leg with Spring Panzanella and Minted Pea Coulis

Daniel Capra and David Hurt, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Delta Asparagus and Frisée Salad

Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie

Asparagus, Leek, and Goat Cheese Strata

Adam Timney, Starbelly

Greens and Tofu with a Twist

Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen

Articles Tagged with Spring

April 11, 2014

Kidding Around

Take a virtual tour of Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese to see adorable goat babies and mothers up close.

April 08, 2014

Spring Holiday Guide

Plan your Passover and Easter menus with our farmers market shopping tips, recipes, and more.

March 21, 2014

Guide to Greens

Spring is here, which means an explosion of all things green at the market.

March 14, 2014

The True Cost of Asparagus

Free trade has made asparagus a year-round delicacy in the United States. But at what price?

July 26, 2013

Jammin' with the Girls

Berry enthusiasts visit Dirty Girl Produce and Happy Girl Kitchen Co. to learn about growing, picking, and preserving strawberries.

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 »