Summer

June 22–September 21

Summer includes the explosion of over 75 different varieties of plums, peaches, and nectarines from our farmers, the sad end to the all-too-brief blueberry season, and the continuation of strawberry harvests into autumn. Other delectable summer fruit such as figs and melons begin in July, while autumn begins to creep into the season with apple, pear, and quince harvests beginning in August and September. Grapes will begin to replace the stone fruit harvest towards the end of summer as well.

All the herbs your heart desires will be available, running the gamut from anise hyssop, cilantro, sage, sorrel, chives, parsley, mint, lavender, and basil, to lemongrass and lemon verbena.

Just a few of the summer specialty vegetables entering the market include a variety of summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, green beans, and other members of the Nightshade family (potatoes, eggplant, and tomatillos). Corn begins in early June and will be available through September, while the barrage of Early Girl, Roma, and heirloom tomatoes quickly becomes delightfully inescapable early on in the season. 

Need meat for a barbeque? Available at the market are ground lamb and beef, tri-tip, London broil, and ribs.

Summer Recipes

Escalivada con Jamón (Marinated Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper)

Mat Schuster, Canela Bistro

Garden Gazpacho with Sweet Peppers, Tomato-Cucumber Water, and Crostini

Mark Sullivan, Spruce

Cabbage and Tomato Slaw

Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb and Boccalone

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb and Boccalone

Preserved Lemon Citronette

Joyce Goldstein, Author and Chef

Articles Tagged with Summer

August 07, 2015

Shell Yeah: Fresh Beans Bring Full Flavor

Fresh shelling bean season has arrived! Get the lowdown from Iacopi Farms.

August 03, 2015

National Farmers Market Week

Celebrate National Farmers Markets Week August 2-8 by supporting local farmers and food producers!

July 31, 2015

Summer Cocktails to Quench Your Wanderlust

You don’t need bananas, pineapples, and coconuts to take a taste adventure when the sweet and juicy flavors of summer abound right in our backyard.

July 24, 2015

The Last Great Peach Event?

As Bella Viva Orchards gears up for their annual Great Peach Event, drought threatens the family farm’s future.

July 03, 2015

Fire Up the Farmers Market Grill

This Fourth of July, declare your independence from factory farms by supporting local farmers and ranchers.

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 »