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Locally Grown Produce: Your Guide to Rochester’s Harvest Seasons

Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, and plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals that celebrate them.

Most of the time, I’m a fan of charts and graphs, but when it comes to harvest seasons, I really just want to know what I can purchase fresh at that moment.

This monthly breakdown has been taken in part from the Department of Agriculture and Markets Harvest Calendar, with the addition of local flowers, Christmas trees, and festivals.

Month-by-Month Locally Grown Harvest

Summer-Fall Harvest Season

  1. June
  2. July
  3. August
  4. September
  5. October
  6. November

Off-Season

  1. December
  2. January
  3. February
  4. March
  5. April
  6. May

Plus, check out some of our Rochester region farm and farmers markets!

Summer-Fall Harvest Season

strawberries
strawberries

June

Hot This Month

Strawberries, Peonies

Harvest Festivals

Albion Strawberry Festival

Maplewood Rose Festival

Varick Winery Cherry Festival

Ellwanger Garden Peony Weekend

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAR – JUN(mid) Asparagus
  • MAY – JUL Rhubarb
  • MAY – AUG Turnip Greens
  • MAY – SEP Beet Greens
  • MAY – SEP Radishes
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach
  • JUN-JUL + SEP-OCT Peas
  • JUN – AUG Garlic
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Squash, Summer
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Zucchini
  • JUN – OCT Swiss Chard
  • JUN – OCT Herbs
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – OCT Tomatoes
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage

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basket of raspberries
raspberries

July

Hot This Month

Raspberries, Lavender & Cherries

Harvest Festivals

Ol’Factory New York Lavender Festival

Wickham Farms Lavender Festival

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAY – JUL Rhubarb
  • MAY – AUG Turnip Greens
  • MAY – SEP Beet Greens
  • MAY – SEP Radishes
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach
  • JUN – JUL(early) Strawberries
  • JUN-JUL + SEP-OCT Peas
  • JUN – AUG Garlic
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Squash, Summer
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Zucchini
  • JUN – OCT Swiss Chard
  • JUN – OCT Herbs
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – OCT Tomatoes
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage
  • JUL – SEP(mid) Peaches
  • JUL – SEP Blueberries
  • JUL – SEP Plums
  • JUL – OCT(mid) Peppers
  • JUL – OCT Beans, Snap
  • JUL – OCT Potatoes
  • JUL – NOV Apples
  • JUL – NOV Carrots
  • JUL – NOV Onions
  • JUL – NOV(mid) Cucumbers
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens

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Blueberries at G & S Orchards

August

Hot This Month

Blueberries, Corn & Sunflowers

Harvest Festivals

Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend Phelps

Various Sunflower Festivals

Avon Corn Festival

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAY – AUG Turnip Greens
  • MAY – SEP Beet Greens
  • MAY – SEP Radishes
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach
  • JUN – AUG Garlic
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Squash, Summer
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Zucchini
  • JUN – OCT Swiss Chard
  • JUN – OCT Herbs
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – OCT Tomatoes
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage
  • JUL – SEP(mid) Peaches
  • JUL – SEP Blueberries
  • JUL – SEP Plums
  • JUL – OCT(mid) Peppers
  • JUL – OCT Beans, Snap
  • JUL – OCT Potatoes
  • JUL – NOV Apples
  • JUL – NOV Carrots
  • JUL – NOV Onions
  • JUL – NOV(mid) Cucumbers
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens
  • AUG Currants
  • AUG – SEP Blackberries
  • AUG – SEP Cantaloupes
  • AUG – SEP Prunes
  • AUG – OCT Leeks
  • AUG – NOV(early) Eggplant
  • AUG – NOV(mid) Squash, Winter
  • AUG – NOV Cauliflower
  • AUG – NOV Turnips
  • AUG – NOV Kale
  • AUG(early) – OCT Pears
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(mid) Celery
  • AUG(late) – SEP Grapes

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Jeromes Grapes multicolored
grapes

September

Hot This Month

Grapes, Garlic & Peaches

Harvest Festivals

Naples Grape Festival

Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival

Lewiston Peach Festival

Rochester Garlic Festival

Cuba Garlic Festival

GCV&M Hop Harvest Festival

Wyoming AppleUmpkin Festival

Wickham Farms’ Fall Harvest

Auburn CNY Tomato Fest

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAY – SEP Beet Greens
  • MAY – SEP Radishes
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach
  • JUN-JUL + SEP-OCT Peas
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Squash, Summer
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Zucchini
  • JUN – OCT Swiss Chard
  • JUN – OCT Herbs
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – OCT Tomatoes
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage
  • JUL – SEP Blueberries
  • JUL – SEP Plums
  • JUL – OCT(mid) Peppers
  • JUL – OCT Beans, Snap
  • JUL – OCT Potatoes
  • JUL – NOV Apples
  • JUL – NOV Carrots
  • JUL – NOV Onions
  • JUL – NOV(mid) Cucumbers
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens
  • JUL(early) + SEP – OCT Raspberries
  • AUG – SEP Blackberries
  • AUG – SEP Cantaloupes
  • AUG – SEP Prunes
  • AUG – OCT Leeks
  • AUG – NOV(early) Eggplant
  • AUG – NOV(mid) Squash, Winter
  • AUG – NOV Cauliflower
  • AUG – NOV Turnips
  • AUG – NOV Kale
  • AUG(early) – OCT Pears
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(early) Corn
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(mid) Celery
  • SEP – OCT Watermelon
  • SEP – OCT Beans, Lima
  • SEP – OCT Pumpkins
  • SEP – NOV Brussels Sprouts
  • SEP – DEC Beans, Dry

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Wickham Farms
Wickham Farms

October

Hot This Month

Apples & Pumpkins

Harvest Festivals

Various Pumpkin Festivals

GCV&M Agricultural Society Fair

Hilton Apple Festival

Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour

More Fresh Produce Available

  • APR-MAY + OCT-DEC Parsnips
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach
  • JUN-JUL + SEP-OCT Peas
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Squash, Summer
  • JUN – OCT(mid) Zucchini
  • JUN – OCT Swiss Chard
  • JUN – OCT Herbs
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – OCT Tomatoes
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage
  • JUL – OCT(mid) Peppers
  • JUL – OCT Beans, Snap
  • JUL – OCT Potatoes
  • JUL – NOV Carrots
  • JUL – NOV Onions
  • JUL – NOV(mid) Cucumbers
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens
  • JUL(early) + SEP – OCT Raspberries
  • AUG – OCT Leeks
  • AUG – NOV(early) Eggplant
  • AUG – NOV(mid) Squash, Winter
  • AUG – NOV Cauliflower
  • AUG – NOV Turnips
  • AUG – NOV Kale
  • AUG(early) – OCT Pears
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(early) Corn
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(mid) Celery
  • SEP – OCT Watermelon
  • SEP – OCT Beans, Lima
  • SEP – NOV Brussels Sprouts
  • SEP – DEC Beans, Dry

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November

Hot this Month

Winter Squash

More Fresh Produce Available

  • APR-MAY + OCT-DEC Parsnips
  • JUN – NOV Broccoli
  • JUN – NOV Beets
  • JUN(mid) – NOV Cabbage
  • JUL – NOV Apples
  • JUL – NOV Carrots
  • JUL – NOV Onions
  • JUL – NOV(mid) Cucumbers
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens
  • AUG – NOV(early) Eggplant
  • AUG – NOV Cauliflower
  • AUG – NOV Turnips
  • AUG – NOV Kale
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(early) Corn
  • AUG(mid) – NOV(mid) Celery
  • SEP – NOV Brussels Sprouts
  • SEP – DEC Beans, Dry

Off-Season

Rochester Public Market greenery
Holidays at the Market

December

Hot This Month

Christmas Trees

Special Events

Holidays at the Rochester Public Market

More Fresh Produce Available

  • APR-MAY + OCT-DEC Parsnips
  • JUL – DEC Collard Greens
  • SEP – DEC Beans, Dry

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Sledding Hills Mendon cover

January

Hot This Month

Snow

Flower City: Dutch Connection at Eastman Museum
Dutch Connection

February

Hot This Month

Ice Wines

Special Events

Casa Larga New York Ice Wine Festival

Eastman Museum’s Dutch Connection

New York State Maple Syrup Weekends Maple Syrup Tree Tap
Maple Syrup

March

Hot This Month

Fresh Maple Syrup

Harvest Festivals

NYS Maple Weekend

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAR – JUN(mid) Asparagus

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Lamberton Conservatory spring daffodils
Lamberton Conservatory

April

Hot This Month

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Special Events

Spring Show at Lamberton Conservatory

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAR – JUN(mid) Asparagus
  • APR-MAY + OCT-DEC Parsnips
Highland Park Lilacs
Highland Park Lilacs

May

Hot This Month

Lilacs

Harvest Festivals & Special Events

Rochester Lilac Festival

Williamson Apple Blossom

Buffalo Cherry Blossom

Flower City Days at the Rochester Public Market

Linwood Gardens Tree Peony Festival

Holland Tulip Festival

More Fresh Produce Available

  • MAR – JUN(mid) Asparagus
  • APR-MAY + OCT-DEC Parsnips
  • MAY – JUL Rhubarb
  • MAY – AUG Turnip Greens
  • MAY – SEP Radishes
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Lettuce
  • MAY – OCT(mid) Spinach

A helpful note from the Department of Agriculture and Markets: The above periods are approximate. Harvest periods may begin a week to ten days earlier during a warmer than usual year or new season extension strategies. A cool spring will delay crop maturity. Call farms for exact dates of harvest.

Farm & Farmers Markets

Enjoy a stop at some of our local produce markets while you’re out exploring the Rochester area.

Public Market apples

Monroe County Markets

City of Rochester Public Market

Westside Farmers Market

South Wedge Farmers Market

Brighton Farmers Market

The Mall at Greece Ridge Farmers Market

The Old Farm Market CSA

Whittier Fruit Farm Stand

Bauman’s Farm Market

Herman’s Farm Market

Webster’s Joe Obbie Farmers Market

Schutt’s Apple Mill

Aman’s Farm Market

Irondequoit Farmers Market

Powers Farm Market

Pittsford Village Community Farmers Market

Sunscape Farms CSA

Wickham Farms CSA

Gentle’s Farm Market

North Chili Farmers Market

Cobble Creek Farm/VerHulst

McCracken Farms CSA

Robb Farms

Chase Farms

Village of Fairport Farmers Market

Chase’s Greenhouse Gray Barn

Kelly’s Farm Market

Zarpentine Farms

Kirby’s Farm Market CSA

Brockport Farmers Market

Brightly’s Farm Market

Locally Grown Produce cover Burnap Farm Market

Regional Markets

Wolcott Area Farmers’ Market

Lyons Farmers’ Market

Ginegaw Farmers’ Market

G & S Orchards CSA

Newark Farmers’ Market

The Apple Shed Farm Stand

Lagoner Farms CSA

Sodus Farmers’ Market

Burnap’s Farm Market

Morgan’s Farm Market

Partyka Farms

Lori’s Market Basket Farm Stand CSA

Watt Farms Country Market

Victor Farmers’ Market

The Apple Farm

Canandaigua Farmers’ Market

Joseph’s Wayside Market

Lima Presbyterian Church Farmers’ Market

Geneseo Farmers Market

LeRoy Farmers’ Market

Genesee Country Farmers’ Market

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