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 Recipe Book for different ways to use fresh ingredients in your meals!

What's In Season in June

The strawberry is a small plant of the Rosaceae (Rose) family. All varieties of the strawberry plant belong to the Fragaria genus.  A strawberry is red and commonly heart shaped though it is possible for them to grow in other shapes as well.  The flesh is sweet and juicy. Strawberries carry their edible seeds on the outside of their flesh.

 

What to Look for

Look for berries that are completely red with no white or green spots and have a sweet smell. The size of the berry does not matter as all strawberries, large and small, are sweet and juicy.

 

What to Avoid

Avoid crushed berries and be wary of berries packed in juice-stained containers.

 

How is it Grown?

Strawberries grow above the ground. The plants grow long stems out of the crown at the top of the roots. Although they are capable of climbing trellises, strawberries grow best when left low to the ground or when hung in hanging pots.  The ripe strawberries are normally ready to pick four to six weeks after the plants
blossom, beginning in early May and continuing through the summer.

 

Did you know?

Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them.

Strawberries are members of the rose family. Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smell as sweet as they taste.

Strawberries can also be pickled. Especially when picked green or unripe. If your berries are overripe, make jam!

Jacques Cartier saw "vast patches" of wild strawberries along the St. Lawrence River in 1534. Cultivation began in 17th century England and by the 1800's in North America.

 

Try it: 

Grilled Strawberries with Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

Preheat grill to high.

Coat strawberries with balsamic vinegar.

Then roll in the sugar.

Optional: Place strawberries on skewers for easy cooking and turning.

Place on a hot grill to mark, approximately 1-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve.

 

Ingredients

8 large strawberries, whole & cleaned

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar or 1 tablespoon sugar substitute

 

 For a few more strawberry recipes check out our Recipe Book

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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