Harvest Of The Month Produce List & Criteria
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​​​​​​Harvest of the Month features a variety of California grown fruits and vegetables for all seasons. These selections reflect an increased number and variety of fruits and vegetables to feature during each three-month season. This offers greater flexibility for schools and programs implementing Harvest of the Month. By featuring more fruits and vegetables, Harvest of the Month showcases the diverse and extensive availability of produce in each season. While many California grown fruits and vegetables are available in multiple seasons or year-round, the schedule is based on when the featured produce items are in peak season in most regions of California.

 

Harvest of the Month Featured Produce

SeasonFruitsVegetables
FallApples*
Kiwifruit
Pears
Persimmons
Tomatoes*
Winter Squash ​
Cooked Greens*
Root Vegetables*

​​​​September​​October​​November​

Winter​Mandarins
Oranges
Grapefruit
Broccoli*
Cabbages*
Sweet Potatoes
Beets*
Dry Beans*
​​December
January
February
Spring
Avocados
Dried Fruit*
Strawberries*
Berries*
Asparagus
Carrots
Peas
Spinach
Cucumber*
​​March
April
May
SummerGrapes
Melons
Peaches/Nectarines
Plums
Corn
Green Beans
Potatoes*
Salad Greens*
Peppers*
Zucchini
​​June ​
July
August

*Peak availability occurs in multiple seasons or year-round.

The Harvest of the Month Featured Produce were selected based on the following criteria:
  • California grown
  • In season
  • Represent a diverse variety of colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Familiar to children
  • Affordable when purchased in season
  • Easy to use for taste testing
  • Recommended by school produce buyers for seasonal availability and cost