Springtime In-Season Produce for the West Coast

Happy Meatless Monday!

Although spring isn’t officially here yet, it sure feels like it on the west coast. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of kale, chard, potatoes, and carrots. I want a freakin’ strawberry. And melon.

And rhubarb.

Fruits and veggies always taste better when they’re in season–that’s how you can tell they’re fresh! When your cantaloupe and watermelon start tasting spongy, it’s because they’re old, and out of season. When produce is fresh, it’s crisp and incredibly flavorful.

So when can we expect the first, earliest harvest of this long-awaited season? Pretty soon! Here’s what’s in its prime on the west coast from March until May:

Artichokes

artichoke

Asparagus

asparagus

Fiddleheads

fiddlehead

Kumquat

kumquat

Nettles

nettles

New Potatoes

new potatoes

Radishes

radish

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Curious what’s in season for each month in the Vancouver, BC area? Here ya go (graph from the BC Association of Farmer’s Markets):

Product Season
APPLES AUGUST – JUNE
APRICOTS JULY – AUGUST
ASPARAGUS APRIL – MAY
BASIL JULY – SEPTEMBER
BEANS JULY – OCTOBER
BEETS JULY – OCTOBER
BLACKBERRIES AUGUST – OCTOBER
BLUEBERRIES JULY – SEPTEMBER
BROCCOLI JULY – OCTOBER
BRUSSELS SPROUTS OCTOBER – DECEMBER
CABBAGE JULY – FEBRUARY
CARROTS JULY – NOVEMBER
CAULIFLOWER JUNE – NOVEMBER
CELERY JULY – OCTOBER
CHERRIES JUNE – JULY
CHINESE VEGETABLES JUNE – SEPTEMBER
CHIVES APRIL – OCTOBER
CILANTRO JUNE – OCTOBER
CORN AUGUST – OCTOBER
CRANBERRIES OCTOBER
CUCUMBERS JULY – SEPTEMBER
CURRANTS AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
FIDDLEHEADS MAY
GARLIC AUGUST – DECEMBER
KALE JULY – OCTOBER
LETTUCE JUNE – OCTOBER
LEEKS SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER
MELONS AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
ONIONS (SWEET) AUGUST – OCTOBER
ONIONS (COOKING) SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER
PEACHES AUGUST
PEARS AUGUST – APRIL
PEAS JUNE – JULY
PEPPERS JULY – OCTOBER
PLUMS AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
POTATOES JUNE – OCTOBER
PUMPKINS SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER
RADISH MAY – OCTOBER
RASPBERRIES JULY – SEPTEMBER
RHUBARB APRIL – JULY
ROSEMARY YEAR ROUND
SAGE YEAR ROUND
SALAD GREENS JUNE – OCTOBER
SHALLOTS AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
SPINACH APRIL – SEPTEMBER
STRAWBERRIES JUNE – SEPTEMBER
SUMMER SQUASH JULY – AUGUST
SWISS CHARD JULY – OCTOBER
TOMATOES JULY – OCTOBER
THYME JUNE – NOVEMBER
TURNIPS MAY – FEBRUARY
WINTER SQUASH MID SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
1 reply
  1. Rachel Grav
    Rachel Grav says:

    yum!  I love fiddleheads.  They are beautiful and delicious.  It’s not legal to pick them in public parks, but you can buy them at some grocery stores, (Choices usually carries them) and the Van Farmer’s Market usually offers them as well.  Boil them.  Some of them have bacteria that can make you quite ill if you don’t cook them well. xo Rachel

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