It may be easier to ask what’s not in season rather than asking what produce is in season in Ohio during the summer! If you have a favorite fruit or vegetable, it’s likely to be at its best in the summer. As you gear up for cookouts, parties and summer holidays, check out our seasonal eating guide to craft perfect seasonally inspired dishes. And don’t forget, summer is long, so if something isn’t at the market one week, stop back later to see what’s being harvested. And, as always, ask a farmer! We know you’ll learn something new if you do.
How Do You Shop Seasonally?
The easy answer? Head to a local farmers market that focuses on producer-only vendors so you know the local produce you’re shopping is truly local. You’ll notice quickly if you’re shopping in Ohio in June that you won’t see winter squash or bananas, and that’s good—those are not seasonal or local for summer in the region.
Shopping seasonally at a farmers’ market is just as easy as going to a grocery store once you learn a few tricks. For example, make a list ahead of time, bring a reusable shopping bag and maybe pack a cooler for the car if you’re purchasing delicate produce or pasture-raised meat. And bring cash. Most vendors take credit cards, but cash is faster and easier to handle.
Fruits and Vegetables in Season
Summer at the farmers’ market can get a little competitive especially when it comes to berry season. Don’t get us wrong, we love all our local produce, but berry season is here and gone in a flash. So, we recommend you visit the farmers’ market each Saturday to see what has come into season, and to keep a close eye on your eating seasonally chart so you can scoop up your favorites at peak season.
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Corn Cucumber
- Fava Beans
- Garlic Scapes
- Green Beans
- Green Onions
- Ground Cherries
- Leafy Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
A Farmers Market Guide to Eating Seasonally this Summer
Find it hard to remember what’s in season right now? Download our eating seasonally chart—we recommend hanging it on your fridge or in your pantry to quickly see which fruits and vegetables are in season by month to help inspire your meal planning and farmers’ market shopping list.
*Note: The Eating Seasonal Chart may become inaccurate for some crops depending on the season’s weather conditions. Produce availability is dependent upon more factors than one. A significant factor that has to be taken into consideration is the weather. In extreme cases, it may cause a given crop to be unavailable all season. In minor cases, it may cause a crop to have a shorter season than normal.