Minnesota Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

What's In Season In Minnesota?

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A later harvest, a shorter growing season, and more dependence on cool-weather and storage crops mark Minnesota seasonality when it comes to produce. Exact crop availability and harvest times will vary year-to-year, but this summary will help you know when to look for what at markets and farmers markets near you. You can also look up produce by seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. Or, check out this General Guide to Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables for national seasons.

Some keys to eating locally grown food in Minnesota besides knowing when things are in season include embracing storage items such as apples and a wide array of root vegetables, seeking out crops that fair well in cooler weather such as cruciferous vegetables (kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), and exploring the range of tastes offered up by canned, dried, or otherwise preserved items. 

Apples, August through October

Asparagus, May and June

Basil, August and September

Beets, June through October

Bitter melon, August through October

Blueberries, July into August

Broccoli, June through October

Brussels Sprouts, August through mid-November

Cabbage, June into November

Cantaloupes, August and September

Carrots, June through October (local harvest available from storage through winter)

Cauliflower, August through November

Celery, August through October

Chard, July through September

Corn, mid-June through mid-August

Cucumbers, July through mid-October

Eggplant, July through mid-October

Garlic, August through November

Grapes, September

Green Beans, July through September

Green Onions, June through September

Greens (various), June through October

Herbs, July through October

Leeks, August through October

Lettuce (various), June through September

Melons, August and September

Mint, April through October

Onions, August through October (local harvest available from storage year-round)

Parsnips, April and May and again in October through November (local harvest available from storage through winter)

Pea Greens, June and July

Peas, July through August

Peppers (sweet), July through September

Potatoes, July through October (local harvest available from storage year-round)

Pumpkins, October

Radishes, May through October

Raspberries, June into August

Rhubarb, May through June

Rutabagas, October through November (available from storage into spring)

Shelling Beans, September through October (local harvest available dried year-round)

Spinach, May through October

Summer Squash, July through October

Strawberries, June and July

Tomatoes, July through early October

Turnips, August through November (local harvest available from storage through February

Watermelons, August through September

Wild Rice, local harvest available from storage year-round

Winter Squash, August through October (local harvest available from storage through February)

Zucchini, July through October

Zucchini Blossoms, June through August