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Comprehensive season guide for local fruits and vegetables?

sashasf Apr 19, 2009 10:24 AM

Would anyone know where to find a comprehensive season guide for local fruits and vegetables?

Thanks for any help.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: sashasf Apr 19, 2009 10:39 AM

    It varies from farm to farm, since there are a wide variety of microclimates in the farm areas in and around the Bay Area.

    Knoll Farms' growing season calendar is good, though the fact that they have something in a particular month, or at all, doesn't mean you'll find it elsewhere:


    There's a good "seasonal calendar" in the Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook, at least in the original edition.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      sashasf RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 19, 2009 10:44 AM

      Thanks Robert. I appreciate your help. :)

    2. The Librarian RE: sashasf Apr 19, 2009 11:34 AM

      Here's one from the group involved in the Ferry Building:


      This one is for vegetables but there's a fruit one as well.

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      1. re: The Librarian
        Robert Lauriston RE: The Librarian Apr 19, 2009 11:43 AM

        That's a great table, especially the links to lists of farms that grow each item.

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          JasmineG RE: The Librarian Apr 19, 2009 02:49 PM

          That is totally helpful, thanks for linking to it!

          1. re: JasmineG
            rworange RE: JasmineG Apr 19, 2009 04:27 PM

            If you sign up for the newsletter from the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market there is a weekly update on what is in season. Here's the newsletter for April 17 2009. Of course it is for FP, but pretty much covers what is in season currently everywhere.

            Plentiful /returning this month (weather willing): Torpedo onions, chicories, cabbage, Stockton red onions, fresh goat cheese, English peas, rhubarb, basil, raspberries, squash blossoms, dandelion greens, fresh bay leaves, miners' lettuce, hot house tomatoes and cucumbers, spinach, asparagus, avocados, pastured goat, green garlic, spring onions, kumquats, nettles, broccoli, rapini greens, artichokes, baby turnips, carrots, strawberries, mizuna, radishes and radish greens, fava beans, pastured eggs, baby beets, Belgian endive

            Winding down/limited supply: Brussels sprouts, tulips, citrus, lilacs, hyacinth

            1. re: rworange
              Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Apr 19, 2009 04:55 PM

              "Winding down/limited supply ... citrus" is so vague as to be wrong. Grapefruits and navel oranges are, valencia oranges and some varieties of lemons aren't.

        2. energy RE: sashasf Apr 19, 2009 11:46 AM

          Check out www.farmtrails.org for what is being grown fresh in Sonoma County

          my chef friend also likes www.goodfoodsource.com

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            chemchef RE: sashasf Apr 19, 2009 12:51 PM

            Local Foods wheel:


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