In Season

Buy Foods in Season. 

At each meal, make half your plate veggies and fruits. They’re low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins that promote good health. Fresh veggies and fruits taste best and usually cost less when you buy them in season. Canned, frozen, or dried veggies and fruits are also good options.

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Save money.

Buying in-season produce helps you feed your family for less.

  • When crops are at their peak, prices are usually lower.
  • In-season produce may have more nutrients because it’s fresher.
  • In-season produce often tastes better because it’s fresher.

Simple Ideas for Finding Produce in Season

To get the best taste and value for your money, find out what produce is in season.

1. Ask for help. Ask those working in the produce section of your grocery store what is in season.

2. Consider canned and frozen. Check the canned and frozen food aisles. The price of your item might be lower there.

3.Search for steady prices. Learn which fruits and veggies have prices that change very little throughout the year. Bananas, carrots and potatoes are usually good examples.

4. Visit outdoor markets. Consider shopping at local farmers markets and farm stands. Some accept SNAP benefits (Oregon Trail cards) and sometimes WIC also gives out farmers market benefits.

5. Grow your own veggies and fruits. You can use SNAP benefits to buy seeds and edible plant starts at stores that accept SNAP benefits.

6. Sort your recipes by seasons. This can help you vary your meals. Your family might even start new traditions, like Great Gazpacho Soup (a cold summer soup) on the first day of summer, or Winter Fruit Crisp or Butternut Apple Crisp when your local apple orchard opens for the season, or Breakfast Pumpkin Cookies on Halloween or Thanksgiving morning.

In Season Fruit and Vegetable Shopping Guide

In season produce may taste better + cost less. 

The list below is a general guide to when veggies and fruits are in season in the Pacific Northwest.  Some differences will occur because of varied weather in some areas of the Pacific Northwest or weather changes from year to year. The items with an asterisk (*) after them are not grown in the Pacific Northwest but because they are popular and can be bought in the Pacific Northwest, they are listed.

Year-round mostly for sale at a steady price: Bananas*, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes

June: Apricots, Asparagus, Avocados*, Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherries, Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Oranges - valencia*, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Summer squash

July: Apricots, Avocados*, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Cucumbers,Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Nectarines, Oranges - valencia*, Peaches, Peas, Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries, Summer squash, Tomatoes

August: Apples, Avocados*, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chilies, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Oranges - valencia*, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Plums, Raspberries, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon

SeptemberApples, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chilies, Corn, Eggplant, Grapes, Greens, Kale, Kiwi, Lettuce, Melons, Pears, Peppers, Plums, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Winter squash

October: Apples, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chilies, Corn, Eggplant, Grapes,Greens, Kale, Kiwi, Lettuce, Melon, Pears, Peppers, Pumpkin, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomatoes, Winter squash

November: Apples, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Eggplant, Greens, Kale, Kiwi, Lettuce, Pears, Pumpkin, Spinach, Winter squash

December: Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Grapefruit*, Greens, Kale, Oranges - navel*, Spinach, Winter squash

January: Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Grapefruit*, Greens, Kale, Oranges - navel*,  Winter squash

February: Cabbage, Grapefruit*, Greens, Kale, Oranges - navel*, Winter squash

March: Grapefruit*, Oranges - navel and valencia*

April: Asparagus, Grapefruit*, Oranges - navel and valencia*, Rhubarb

May: Asparagus, Grapefruit*, Greens, Kale, LettuceOranges - navel and valencia*, Rhubarb, Spinach

Last updated: 02/27/13

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