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

Basil and Garlic Cucumber Salad

Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Smoked Onion Shakshuka

Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Little Gem and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Green Strawberries

Joanne Weir, Copita Tequileria y Comida

Melon and Avocado Salad with Marinated Squid, Chili, and Lime

Ryan Pollnow, Central Kitchen

Fresh Mozzarella and Watermelon Skewers with Lemon, Honey, and Mint Drizzle

Jennifer Luttrell, Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

 

 

Articles Tagged with Summer

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, GMO. What’s the difference?

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

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 »