CALIFORNIA FRESH PRODUCE SEASONS
Our goal is to provide our chefs with the freshest ingredients to create tomorrow’s hot dish. Find out the next seasonal fresh produce item for your next menu specials.
Please note growing season estimates are based on average within the California growing region, and vary by season and location. We do our best to offer these local items when it is in season.
SEASONAL MENU PLANNING
MARCH – JUNE
Spring is known for its longer days and warmer weather and its new crop of fresh produce. Here is a great time do a “spring clean” diet with spring leafy greens. New potatoes begin to crop up around this time as well. Freshly dug from the field, these young taters have thinner skins than matured potatoes harvested later in the year.
Look out for these local seasonal produce: Cardoons, California Avocado, Delta Asparagus, Fava Beans / Greens , Fennel, Garlic Scapes, Green Garlic, Morel Mushrooms, Stinging Nettles, Spring Onions, Pea Greens, Radicchio, Radishes, Rhubarb and more…
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
Summer is known for its sweet berries and juicy melons! In addition it brings an abundance of fresh produce giving us the opportunities to add tasty, healthy and colorful food to our daily meals. Be sure to take advantage of the sweet and juicy fruits not only to satisfy your sweet taste bud but also to help to satisfy your thirst avoiding yourself from dehydration.
Look out for these local seasonal produce: Stone Fruits (Apricots, Plums, Cherries, Nectarines and Peaches), Local Blackberries, Strawberries, Heirloom Tomatoes, Passion Fruit, Melon, Radishes, Cucumbers, Summer Squashes, Local Corn, Rhubarb, Garlic, Eggplant
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
Autumn harvest offers a range of intense flavors and substantial textures of goodies. There is more to fall than just Halloween! The autumn season brings us an abundance of varieties from squash to potatoes to apples to pears and so much more…
Look out for these local seasonal produce: Apples, Beets, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage, Cranberries, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Quince, Mixed Pumpkins, Rutabagas and Turnips, Heirloom Squash, Sweet Potatoes
DECEMBER – MARCH
Winter has a lot going on and fresh produce is not part of it. From hearty root vegetables to bright sweet citrus, winter produce offers a surprising range of flavors. Eating local produce during Winter season is very challenging due to the freezing cold climate. This is the season for Citrus on full blast!
Look out for these local seasonal produce:Citrus: Kumquats, grapefruits, lemons, mandarins, oranges, Pomelo, Winter Squash, Potatoes, Onions, Beets, Celeriac, Carrots, Turnips and Rutabagas, Parsnips, Sweet Potatoes, Radicchio, Citrus, Dark Leafy Greens, Escarole, Fennel