Some products at the Cambridge Farmers' Market are only available during certain seasons because different crops grow at different times of the year. Below is a list of what's in season each month. Please note these are approximate dates and may vary according to local weather. 

Be sure to check out our feature item each month for food tips and recipes.

November: Turnip and Rutabaga 

The turnip and the rutabaga are both members of the cabbage family. Turnips are usually white or white and purple while rutabagas are yellowish. Rutabagas are slightly sweeter tasting than turnips. The most obvious visible difference between them is that turnips for food are harvested when small and tender. They get woody when they get bigger. Rutabagas stay tender at larger sizes, so they are often harvested at a larger size. The larger yellow ones are rutabagas, and the smaller white and purple ones are turnips. Both are vegetables and are frequently coated with a thin layer of paraffin wax after harvesting to keep them from drying out

What to look for when buying/picking:

Choose either one by whether they are firm and feel a bit heavy for their size.

What to Avoid:

Avoid vegetables that are overly light, soft or mushy to the touch or look bruised or damaged.

How is it Grown?

Turnips come to harvest 30 to 60 days after sowing. Rutabaga need about 80 to 100 days from planting to harvest.

Both vegetables are root based and grow in the ground with green leafy stalks that grow above ground.

They are fall vegetables that are usually available to buy in the winter.

 

Other Facts:

Turnip

Turnip leaves taste like mustard greens. They can be cooked and consumed like spinach or used fresh in salads.

Turnip was staple food in Ancient Greece and Rome.

Turnip was massively consumed in Germany during the WWI when meat and potato became scarce. Flour made of turnip was used for the preparation of bread. The winter period of 1916-1917 became known as "turnip winter".

 

Rutabaga

Known in Canada as the Canadian Turnip, largely
exported by Canada.

The name comes from the Swedish "rotbagga." In Scotland, it is a popular accompaniment to haggis.

Rutabagas can effectively prevent premature aging, improve eyesight and stimulate the healthy
regeneration of cells throughout our organs and
tissues.

 

 

 

 

 

January
  • Carrots
  • Greenhouse Lettuce
February 
  • Carrots
  • Greenhouse lettuce
March 
  • Carrots
  • Greenhouse lettuce
April 
  • Lettuce
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Rutabaga
May 
  • Asparagus
  • Fiddle heads
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
June 
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Green peppers
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • New potatoes
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
July 
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cucumber
  • Field tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Green peppers
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Rutabaga
August 
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Hot peppers
  • Melons
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Sweet peppers
  • Yellow beans
September 
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Hot peppers
  • Melons
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Rutabaga
  • Sweet peppers
  • Squash
  • Yellow beans
October 
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Hot peppers
  • Melons
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Rutabaga
  • Sweet peppers
  • Squash
  • Yellow beans
November 
  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
December 
  • Carrots
  • Greenhouse lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga

Year Round

  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Preserves
  • Baked goods
  • Coffee
  • Juices
  • Wine and cider
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey

 

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