Guide to Seasonal Foods in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland


As the summer months and growing season approaches, so too does the fresh produce and seasonal foods. Whether you buy your vegetables at the Arlington Farmer’s Market or buy your fruits at a boutique market in Del Ray, there is a wide range of seasonal items available in the Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Though growing and harvesting times can vary from year to year depending on the weather, in general, there are some ideal times to look for certain types of produce. Here are a few of the big ones:

Apples – July through October

Arugula – May through September

Asparagus – May and June

Beets – June through December

Berries – July and August

Cherries – July

Cucumbers – July through October

Garlic – July through October

Green Beans – July through September

Kale – June through November

Lettuce – May through October

Melons – July through October

Onions – July through October

Peaches – July through September

Pears – August through December

Peppers – July through October

Pumpkins – September through November

Radishes – May through September

Spinach – May through September

Strawberries – June

Tomatoes – July through September

Watermelons – August through October

Winter Squash – August through December

Zucchini – July through September

Now you know when produce grows in the Mid Atlantic region. The only thing missing is restaurant-grade equipment to cook it.

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