MD Fruits & Veggies: What’s Hot, What’s Not

It’s mid-summer, so what’s in and what’s out for Chesapeake Bay area fruits and vegetables?

The U.S. Agriculture Department reports strawberries are nearly done for the year, snap peas are half way through their season and sweet corn is just kicking into high gear.

Here’s a break-down of the harvest percentage:

  • maryland strawberries – 95%
  • maryland snap beans – 47%
  • cucumbers – 31%
  • sweet corn – 28%
  • tomatoes – 27%
  • watermelon, peaches, cantaloupes – 18%
  • potatoes – 11%

The U.S. Agriculture Department reports 89-percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent shape. Apples are looking good too, with 86-percent of the crop in good condition and seven-percent in excellent shape. But the apple season doesn’t begin until mid-August. Here’s Maryland’s harvest outlook from the USDA.

To find out where to buy local fruits and vegetables, check out this Maryland farmers market directory.

These charts show what’s in season:

Maryland agriculture department produce chart
Fruit Harvest Chart — courtesy of Maryland Department of Agriculture
Maryland agriculture department vegetable chart
Vegetable Harvest Chart — courtesy of Maryland Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

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