Winter

December 22–March 19

Winter is a well-deserved respite for many farmers, yet it holds just as much delicious produce as the rest of the seasons. 

Citrus in the form of kumquats, grapefruits, lemons, mandarins, and navel oranges dominate the fruit scene; supplemented by subtropical fruits from Southern California, like cherimoya, white guava, and kiwi. Though apples and Asian pears are no longer in their harvest season, they are available through winter thanks to cold storage. And of course, vendors will have dried versions of your favorite summer produce available year round.

Root vegetables like carrots, turnips, and rutabagas turn sweeter as the cold weather encourages starch to convert to sugar. Roast them up with winter squash or potatoes, which should also be available through the winter via cold storage. 

Cruciferous crops such as cauliflower, kohlrabi, romanesco, broccoli, and collards, thrive in the cool, wet, Californian winter, and are plentiful throughout the season. Leafy salad greens, chicory, and arugula are milder in the winter months, and asparagus begins its run in the market by mid-February. 

Dungeness crab should still be available, but in limited quantities depending on how long the catch lasts. Eggs will be available throughout the season, but pastured hens lay fewer during the shorter days. Milk production also slows, so some vendors may not be at the market, though the aged cheese selection will still be diverse. 

Bulb flowers will begin to bloom in January. Look for narcissus, daffodils, tulips, and irises from our flower producers. 

Towards the end of winter, February’s green garlic and spring onions in March will begin the market’s transition back into spring.

Winter Recipes

Preserved Lemon Citronette

Joyce Goldstein, Author and Chef

Pickled Beet and Braised Beet Top Salad

Ben Paula, Sauce

Carrot-Apple-Beet Muffins

Jennifer Musty, Batter Bakery

Jazzy Citrus Granita

Ryan Eckles, Foodwise Kids Intern

Spicy Pickled Carrots with Garlic and Coriander

Romney Steele, The Cook and Her Farmer

Articles Tagged with Winter

February 20, 2015

Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

Unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods.

January 28, 2015

Perfect Pairings for Valentine's Day

Indulge your loved ones (and yourself) with locally grown flowers and treats from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

November 20, 2014

Sustainable Christmas Trees

Pre-order your tree from Double K Christmas Tree Farm for pickup at the Ferry Plaza.

November 14, 2014

It's Alive! Kraut Talk with Kathryn Lukas

Discover the weird and wild world of fermentation with kraut maven Kathryn Lukas of Farmhouse Culture.

October 24, 2014

Perfect Pie Tips from the Pros

What separates pedestrian pastry from a prize winner? We asked four experts.

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 »