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What’s Fresh Now: From Coast to Coast

Emma Silverman

A guide to the vegetables arriving at a farmers' market near you, region by region.


Northeast

Spotlight on: The Union Square Greenmarket, New York City

The Union Square Greenmarket is an institution. Started in 1976, the market now sells goods from up to 140 regional producers and providers at any given time. The market, which is open from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, showcases delicious offerings ranging from fruits and vegetables to cured meats to baked goods. And all of this right in one of the city’s downtown hubs.

What’s Fresh

Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac/Celery Root and Celery, Chard, Chicories, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Onions/Scallions, Kale, Herbs (various), Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melon, Min, Wild Mushrooms, Nectarines, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Peaches, Pear, Pea, Peppers, Plums and Pluots, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radicchio, Radishes, Raspberries, Rutabagas, Shelling Beans, Spinach, Summer Squash, Thyme, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelons, Zucchini

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Pumpkins are coming to New York City


The South

Spotlight on: “Crescent City Farmers' Market,” New Orleans

This market, which operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, has been around since 1995. It was founded as a part of marketumbrella.org, a 501C(3) nonprofit. This organization, along with the market, works to encourage local sourcing and support local traditions. Crescent City Market is meant to revive the tradition of public markets and local suppliers,and has persisted even after the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and marketumbrella.org has supported small farmers' markets in neighborhoods still recovering from the hurricane. Come for the fresh produce, stay for the delicious ready-to-eat Southern food (made by a local chef on Tuesdays).

What’s Fresh

Cabbage, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Green Beans, Greens, Herbs (various), Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Peaches, Peanuts, Peppers, Pole Beans, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatillos

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It’s time to buy pole beans in the South


Pacific Northwest

Spotlight on: “University District Farmers’ Market,” Seattle

This year-round market is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. As the oldest and largest farmers’ market in Seattle (which is saying something for such a foodie-filled city), the market offers varieties from more than 60 farmers and vendors from around Washington State. This market offers far more than just produce, however. With their choice of dairy products, meat, seafood, baked items and foods that are ready to eat, customers leave happy. There are also music performances, cooking demos and other events to look out for during the season (not to mention celebrations for the big anniversary!).

What’s Fresh

Arugula, Basil, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac/Celery Root and Celery, Chard, Chiles, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumber, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Onions (Scallions), Greens, Herbs (various), Huckleberries, Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes), Kale, Kiwi, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Wild Mushrooms, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnips, Peppers, Persimmons, Plums and Pluots, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radishes, Rosemary, Rutabaga, Sage, Salsify, Scallions (green onions), Shallots, Shelling Beans, Sorrel, Spinach, Sprouts, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes), Thyme, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Watermelon, Zucchini and Zucchini Blossoms

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Picked sorrel


Bay Area

Spotlight on: “Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market,” San Francisco

This market is under the umbrella of the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). One of the most well-known markets in the state, and the country for that matter, this market is not to be missed. Not only does it feature famed California produce, it also showcases offerings from some of San Fran’s best chefs—and in a city that is known for great restaurants, that’s a heavy draw. Come on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the smaller markets in the front of the building and on Saturdays for the larger market in front and on the plaza of the Ferry Building. The Thursday market boasts artisan street food, while many local restaurants serve food on Saturdays. We suggest checking out both.

What’s Fresh

Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Belgian Endive, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac (Celery Root) and Celery, Chard, Chicories, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Onions, Huckleberries, Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes), Kale, Leeks, Lemongrass, Limes, Melons, Mint, Wild Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oregano, Parsley , Pears, Sweet Peppers, Plums & Pluots, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Quinces, Radicchio, Radishes, Rosemary, Sage, Scallions, Shallots, Shelling Beans, Sorrel, Spinach, Thyme, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watercress, Zucchini

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It’s pomegranate soup time for our Bay Area pals


Southwest

Spotlight on: “Santa Fe Farmers' Market,” Sante Fe

Luscious greens, crisp vegetables and juicy fruits may not be the first images to come to mind when one thinks about the desert landscape of New Mexico. But that does not mean that they can’t be found and enjoyed from local growers. And the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is the place to find them. Now operating year-round, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market has been providing fresh-food aficionados with local fare since the late 1960s. Come for your groceries, and stay to chat with the Northern New Mexico farmers and pick up handmade craft items.

What’s Fresh

Arugula, Basil, Chiles, Corn, Cucumbers, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Figs, Green Beans, Herbs (various), Mint, Okra, Oregano, Parsley, Pears, Sweet Peppers, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Sage, Salsify, Shallots, Shelling Beans, Sprouts , Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Thyme, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watercress, Zucchini

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Southerners can enjoy corn all month long


Midwest

Spotlight on: The Minneapolis Farmers’ Market

The Minneapolis Farmers' Market takes it to a new level with an everyday market. Can’t make it during the day? Don’t worry, the open-late market on Thursdays makes it possible for everyone to shop. This market is truly unique and offers the usual delicious produce, a feast for the eyes with gorgeous flowers and yummy staples like preserves, meats and cheeses. Special programming throughout the spring and summer brings light to issues such as hunger and environmental sustainability. Market managers also bring in professionals to help with customers’ gardening problems and outside organizations to collect food donations.

What’s Fresh

Apples, Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac (celery root) and Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Onions, Greens (various), Herbs (various), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce (various), Melons, Wild Mushrooms, Onions, Parsley, Pears, Sweet Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Shelling Beans, Scallions, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelons, Zucchini

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Watermelons, still in season

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