Eating in-season local produce is better for the environment and guarantees that your fruits and veggies are at the peak of freshness when you buy and cook them. Find your region and learn what’s in season right now and all year round.

Northeast/New England

SPRING: Arugula, asparagus, kale, mushrooms, onions, spinach

SUMMER: Artichokes, beets, blueberries, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, chives, collards, cucumber, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes

FALL: Apples, beets, cantaloupes, cranberries, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash

WINTER: Mushrooms, parsnips, sprouts

Summer seasonal recipe – Baked Italian-Style Cauliflower via Cooking Light

 

Mid-Atlantic

SPRING: Asparagus, cabbage, mushrooms, peas, spinach, strawberries

SUMMER: Beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, corn, lettuce, onions, peaches, peppers, potatoes, raspberries, tomatoes, summer squash

FALL: Apples, Asian pears, broccoli, gourds, grapes, peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, turnips,

WINTER: Mushrooms, sweet potatoes

Summer seasonal recipe – Golden Summer Squash & Corn Soup via Eating Well

 

Southeast

SPRING: Asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, nectarines, oranges, peppers, summer squash, strawberries

SUMMER: Blackberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, oranges, peaches, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, summer squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon

FALL: Apples, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, kale, okra, peaches, peppers, pecans, raspberries, spinach, tomatoes, winter squash

WINTER: Apples, oranges, pecans, winter squash

Summer seasonal recipe – Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa via Food Network

 

Midwest

SPRING: Asparagus, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, radishes, rhubarb, turnips, spinach, tomatoes

SUMMER: Apples, apricots, artichokes, basil, beans, beets, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cherries, collards, eggplant, grapes, lettuce, onions, okra, peaches, plums, potatoes, soybeans, sprouts, summer squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes

FALL: Apples, cantaloupe, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, peanuts, pears, peas, pumpkins, radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash, winter melon

WINTER: Apples, beets, celeriac, garlic, horseradish, mushrooms, sunchokes, winter squash

Seasonal summer recipe – Baked Balsamic Eggplant Fries via The Daily Meal

 

Southwest

SPRING: Apricots, arugula, asparagus, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, lettuce, onions, oranges, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, summer squash, strawberries, turnips,

SUMMER: Apricots, beets, bell peppers, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, figs, melons, okra, onions, peas, peaches, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, watermelon

FALL: Apples, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, celery, chile peppers, eggplant, fennel, lettuce, onions, pecans, pistachios, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash

WINTER: Cauliflower, grapefruit, mushrooms, oranges, peas, radishes, salad greens, spinach

Summer seasonal recipe – Summer Corn & Scallop Pasta via Eating Well

 

Mountain West

SPRING: Asparagus, broccoli, kale, lettuce, mixed greens, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries

SUMMER: Apricots, beets, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cherries, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, plums, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon

FALL: Apples, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash

WINTER: Garlic, onions, pinto beans, potatoes, winter squash

Summer seasonal recipe – Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Melon Salsa via Cooking Light

 

Northwest

SPRING: Asparagus, bok choy, broccoli rabe, fava beans, rhubarb, strawberries

SUMMER: Apricots, artichoke, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, greens, nectarines, onion, peaches, peas, raspberries, summer squash, tomatoes

FALL: Apples, Asian pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery root, cranberries, greens, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, rutabaga, sunchokes, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash

WINTER: Garlic, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, winter squash

Summer seasonal recipe – Baked Nectarines with Greek Yogurt & Honey via Food Network

 

Pacific

SPRING: Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, bok choy, cabbage, chard, endive, fava beans, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, scallions

SUMMER: Apricots, arugula, Asian pears, avocados, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, blackberries, carrots, collards, corn, cress, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, figs, kale, lemons, lettuce, mustard, okra, onions, oranges, peaches, radicchio, radish, shallots, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos

FALL: Almonds, apples, artichokes, avocado, bok choy, cauliflower, collards, corn, cress, cucumbers, olives, parsnips, pistachios, rutabaga, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

WINTER: Avocados, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, gourds, grapefruit, pears, potatoes, rutabaga, spinach, sunchokes, turnips, walnuts, winter squash

Seasonal summer recipe – Avocado & Mint Quinoa Salad via The Daily Meal

 

To find what’s in season in your specific state, visit Eat Well Guide’s seasonal food map

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Try this Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad too!

Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad