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American Seasonal Produce Buying Guide

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If you want to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables at the peak of their goodness, check this list before heading to the store. While most produce is available year-round, the seasonal items on this list will have a better chance of being locally grown, instead of shipped in from thousands of miles away.

This seasonal produce list was compiled by the Cool Foods Campaign. For more information on the benefits of seasonal, locally produced foods, check out About.com's Local Foods site.

Winter:
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Onions
Leeks
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Radishes
Greens (Spinach, Arugula, Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collards)
Turnips
Winter Squash
Apples (early winter)


Spring:
Asparagus
Beets
Celery
Spring Onions
Greens (Arugula, Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard)
Peas
Peppers
Turnips
Rhubarb
Strawberries


Summer:
Artichokes (limited availability)
Greens (Arugula, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard)
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Eggplant
Garlic
Beans
Onions
Peppers
Okra
Peas
Potatoes
Radishes
Summer Squash
Sweet Corn
Tomatoes
Turnips
Zucchini
Apples
Apricots
Blackberries
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cherries
Currants
Figs
Melons
Peaches
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon


Fall:
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Greens (Arugula, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard)
Cucumber
Eggplant
Garlic
Gourds
Beans
Onions
Peppers
Leeks
Peas
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Summer Squash
Sweet Corn
Tomatoes
Turnips
Winter Squash
Zucchini
Apples
Pears
Plums
Melons

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