Fruit in season during August
Apples and pears start showing up in August, but before you run out to buy them, know this:
Apples can be stored for a year, or more, at special processing facilities. If you are at a grocery store, there is no way to tell if it is a fresh apple, or an older one. The older ones lose some quality in flavor and texture. Go to a farmers market to get your apples!
Pears are unique, in that they are better when picked from the tree when fully mature, but not yet fully ripe. When left of the tree to ripen, they get woody or mealy. And some varieties even require cold storage to ripen, which has already been done for you if you buy them at the grocery store. At a farmers’ market, be sure to ask the farmer about the pears so you know how to ripen them at home.
July and August are also peak Peach season, so keep an eye out for perfectly-ripe stone fruits at the farmers market.
Vegetables in season during August
For a full list of other months and all of the detailed produce guides, go to the in-season page.