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

Articles Tagged with Summer

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

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

June 27, 2014

Sowing Seeds in Siskiyou County

Hunter Orchards’ Kirsten Olson and John Tannaci pass the torch of their hometown farmers market.

June 06, 2014

Summer Celebration: A (Plant) Family Gathering

Meet the six culinary “families” of CUESA’s Summer Celebration and farmers who grow them.

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.

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 »