Okra, year-round sweet potatoes and greens, and pecans are just some of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you'll find in the South and Southeast United States. In the more southern areas, the climate can be warm enough so growing seasons almost flip-flop with the rest of the country, and the height of summer months can mean there's little at the market besides okra, everything having given up in the heat.
Exact crop availability and harvest times vary region-to-region and year-to-year, but this summary will help you know when to look for what at markets near you in the South.
Apples, mid-August through February (varies greatly by specific region and often available from cold storage in the winter months)
Asparagus, mid-April through June. Skinny spears may be in fashion, but fat asparagus can be just as tender.
Beets, May and June, and again in the fall. Look for spring beets with their green still attached (cook them like turnip greens).
Blackberries, July and August.
Blueberries, end of May through August.
Broccoli, April and May. Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli takes on a bitter taste when exposed to much heat when it's growing, so it's planted in the fall or winter and harvested in the spring in warmer areas.
Butter Beans, mid-July through August
Cabbage, May through December
Cantaloupes, July and August
Cauliflower, April through June
Collard greens, year-round
Corn, mid-June through mid-August
Cucumbers, June through October
Eggplant, mid-June through September
Figs, August and September
Grapefruit, winter and spring
Grapes, August through October
Green beans, June through September
Kale, best in fall and winter
Lettuce, fall through spring
Mangoes (Florida only), May and June
Okra, May through October
Oranges (Navel), winter and spring
Oranges (Valencia), spring and summer
Peaches, June through September
Peas, July and August
Pecans, November and December
Peppers, mid-June through October
Persimmons, October through December
Plums & pluots, mid-May through July
Pole Beans, May through September
Potatoes, mid-June through July
Pumpkins, September and October
Raspberries, July through September
Strawberries, mid-April through mid-June
Squash (summer), mid-May through September
Squash (winter), mid-September through mid-December
Sweet Onions, spring and summer
Sweet potatoes, harvested July through October, available year-round
Tomatoes, July through October
Watermelons, June through August
Winter Squash, mid-September through mid-December
Zucchini, June through October
Zucchini Blossoms, spring and summer