What’s In Season? Summer

July 5, 2013 at 10:38 am

Everything is in Season Soon

It took a bit longer than in previous years, but as any visitor to markets will see, it all seems to be in season now.  There’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables in all colors to keep you happily eating local.  Still, remember that just because a lot of things are in season does not mean everything stays in season.  Take cherries.  Indulge now because they won’t be around that much longer.

What’s In Season Now


Strawberries  are running down, especially from the overly wet weather. Instead, we’re gettign robust crops of berries like cherries, raspberries and blueberries.  The first local peaches will soon be arriving!


There are tons of vegetables in season now including the first all we associate with summer like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and zucchini.

The first crop of beets, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and the like are all in from farmer’s who plant early.

With the weather so cool, lettuces and radishes will be in much greater supply longer into the summer.

Onions are at their most interesting, I think, this time of year, with a mix of size and strengths. Garlic is still be sold with its scapes.

You can recognize newly harvested potatoes by their think skins that are often rubbed off in parts. Enjoy them for what they are.

Pod stuff, including locally grown favas; shelling peas, sugar snaps and snow peas have a few more weeks.


Your ability to purchase what’s in season is finally expanding.  Jeannie, in the Local Calendar is keeping you ascribed on key markets, and we’ll have our fuller 2013 Market Locator up soon.  There’s still plenty of time to find a CSA box too.  See our big list to find a CSA for you.  Our friends at Fresh Picks have a good and growing inventory of local food, or you can try one of these stores that specialize in local foods:

These stores specialize in local foods:

Plum Market Chicago - 1233 North Wells, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Watch this fantastic video about GMOs, sourcing local and see what you are missing if you don’t shop at the GG.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago