What’s in Season
The Produce Availability Chart may become inaccurate for some crops depending on the seasons 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.
Dark gray boxes indicate crops that are likely available and actively being harvested during that month. You will notice that crops such as leafy lettuces are available year round. This is due to the practice of season extension that allows farmers to harvest earlier in spring and later in the fall, extend and stagger the harvest of most crops, and more. This can be done thanks to low tunnels, hoophouses, row covers, and mulches. Learn more about season extension here.
Light gray boxes indicate crops that are likely available during that month because they have been stored. Types of vegetables that are typically stored include root vegetables and tuberous vegetables; hard-shell cucurbits, that is, winter squashes and pumpkins; and some head crops, typically those that are brassicaceous, such as cabbages. Learn more about storage crops here.