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

Basic Frittata

Amie Bailey, Williams-Sonoma

Creamy Carrot Goat Cheese Risotto

Hollie Greene, JoyFoodly.com

Tortilla Española with Kale, Currants, and Pine Nuts

Mat Schuster, Canela Bistro Bar

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chard with Tapenade Dressing

Olivier Said, Kitchen on Fire

Confetti Oatmeal

Theresa Salcedo, CUESA Culinary Intern

Articles Tagged with Summer

September 20, 2013

From Sweet to Heat

Can you take the heat? Work your way up the Scoville scale with CUESA’s guide to peppers of the farmers market.

August 02, 2013

Farming on the Suburban Edge

Visit two Ferry Plaza farms in unexpected, underutilized, and challenging locations, both within an hour of San Francisco.

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.

June 28, 2013

All in the Family

Do you know your nightshades, alliums, and drupes? From fruits and seeds to shoots and flowers, meet the families of CUESA’s Summer Celebration.

April 26, 2013

Farmers Market Memories

What’s your farmers market story? Ferry Plaza farmers, chefs, and supporters share what keeps them coming back year after year.

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 »