Ohio Seasonal Produce Guide

4 Jul

So I’ve been working on eating more seasonally because, hey, why not?  When produce is in season it’s often cheaper and tastes better, both adjectives for how I like my food to be (tasty and cheap).  Is everything I eat going to be sourced locally?  Probably not (I love citrus, bananas, mangos, etc too much) but I can definitely make more of an effort to support local business and food (one of the main reasons I shop at Findley Market, Hyde Park Farmers Market, and then Kroger).

Here’s a rough draft of seasonal produce I’ve put together all culled from a variety of different sources, therefore I don’t guarantee the absolutely accuracy of this list but it might be useful.  I organized by month because I thought that would be the easiet way to reference the lists when I’m planning my meals out for the month.

How important is eating seasonally and locally to you?  What are some of the reasons why you either do or do not eat/shop locally and seasonally?

Note: (From Mid) means that produce’s season begins around the middle of that month.  (To Mid) means that produce’s seasons ends around the middle of that  month.

Ohio Seasonal Produce Guide

April
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
May
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Chard
  • Fava Beans
  • Greens (Various)
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
June
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beans (Snap)
  • Beets
  • Blueberries (from Mid) 
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Endive/Escarole
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (Various)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash (Summer/Zucchini)
  • Strawberries
July
  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans (Lima)
  • Beans (Pole)
  • Beans (Snap)
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive/Escarole
  • Green Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (Various)
  • Kale
  • Leeks (from Mid) 
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Melons
  • Okra (from Mid) 
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Peppers (Bell)
  • Peppers (Hot) (from Mid)
  • Peppers (Sweet)
  • Plums & Pluots
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach (to Mid) 
  • Squash (Summer/Zucchini)
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
August
  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans (Lima)
  • Beans (Pole)
  • Beans (Snap)
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantalopes
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive/Escarole
  • Grapes (from Mid) 
  • Green Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (Various)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers (Bell)
  • Peppers (Hot)
  • Peppers (Sweet)
  • Plums & Pluots
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach (from Mid) 
  • Squash (Summer/Zucchini)
  • Squash (Winter)
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
September
  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans (Lima)
  • Beans (Pole)
  • Beans (Snap)
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantalopes
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive/Escarole
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (Various)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers (Bell)
  • Peppers (Hot)
  • Peppers (Sweet)
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash (Summer/Zucchini)
  • Squash (Winter)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watermelons
October
  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Grapes
  • Green Onions
  • Greens (Various)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce (Various)
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Peppers (Bell)
  • Peppers (Hot)
  • Peppers (Sweet)
  • Persimmons
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash (Winter)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini
November
  • Brussel Spouts
  • Cabbage
  • Greens (Various)
  • Squash (Winter) (to Mid) 
  • Turnips
Local Harvest Stores Available
  • Cabbage – Through March
  • Carrots – Through Winter
  • Onions – Through Year
  • Parsnips – Through Winter
  • Potatoes – Through Year
  • Squash (Winter) – Through Spring
  • Turnips – Through February
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