When to find what at the farmers market

05/03/2014 12:00 AM

08/06/2014 11:12 AM

If you love asparagus, now’s the time to get it at Wichita’s farmers markets.

Lettuce is also in plentiful supply as the Old Town Market opens this first Saturday of May, and a new market at Pearson’s Farms at 33rd and Hillside joins the scene. Two weekday markets also provide fresh-picked shopping. A last-minute change has closed the Delano market, at least for now.

Here’s a calendar to give you an idea of when you can find certain produce at the markets. It’s an approximation, because the weather and other factors are at work on the farms. And expect to find surprises that aren’t on this list.

Early May: Arugula, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, spinach, chard, kale, green onions, green garlic, greenhouse tomatoes

Mid-May: Arugula, collards, lettuce, radishes, green onions, spinach, chard, kale, greenhouse tomatoes

Late May: Arugula, collards, lettuce, green onions, spinach, strawberries, chard, kale, greenhouse tomatoes

Early June: Arugula, collards, broccoli, lettuce, green onions, onions, peas, spinach, strawberries, turnips, garlic, chard, kale, greenhouse tomatoes

Late June: Beans, cabbage, chard, kale, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, garlic, green onions, peas, turnips, beets, cherries, greenhouse tomatoes, high-tunnel tomatoes

Early July: Beans, cabbage, chard, kale, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, okra, sweet corn, turnips, beets, peaches, blackberries, tomatoes

Late July: Beans, cabbage, chard, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, okra, onions, sweet corn, summer squash, tomatoes, peaches, blackberries

August: Beans, cucumbers, chard, eggplant, melons, peppers, okra, onions, sweet corn, winter squash, tomatoes, pears, peaches, apples

Early September: Arugula, beans, chard, eggplant, melons, peppers, onions, sweet corn, winter squash, tomatoes, pears, apples, peaches

Late September-early October: Arugula, beans, cabbage, chard, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, lettuce, spinach, kale, peppers, radishes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, turnips, pears, apples.

Source: extension agent Rebecca McMahon

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