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Fruit

ItemInformationRecipes
apricotsJuly to August
 
apriumsJuly to October
Apriums or "pluots" are a cross between apricots and plums.
aprium info 
 
blackberries mid-July to September
 
blueberriesJune to September
 
boysenberriesJuly to August
 
cherries mid-June to August
 
currantsJune to August
 
figs mid-July to September
Fig information 
The varieties listed below do well in the Pacific Northwest.
Latin:  Ficus carica 
Varieties:  Genoa, Desert King, Osborn prolific, Flanders, Lattarulla
 
gooseberriesJuly to August
 
grapesAugust to October
 
jostaberriesAugust
a cross between a gooseberry and a black current.


Latin:  Ribes nidigrolaria 
 

loganberriesJuly to August
 
marionberriesJuly to August
 
melonsAugust to October
 
mulberriesAugust
 
nectarinesJuly to September
 
peachesJuly to September
 
plumsJuly to October
Rockridge grows 2 types of Japanese plums, Shiro and Satsuma.
Both have a very short season, around 2 weeks long. Shiro is available mid-july. Satsuma in mid-august. According to Wade Bennett, they are "water balloons of flavor", about 4 ounces each and they don't keep well, so eat them right away.
 
raspberriesJune to October
There are two seasons for local raspberries, one that bears fruit June, July, August, and the fall crop which bears August, Sept. and Oct.
 
rhubarbMarch to August
 
strawberriesJune to September
There are 2 main types of strawberries, June-bearing (which actually provides berries until July) and are of high quality and the everbearing type which extends the season into September but is of lesser quality.
 
tayberriesJuly to August
Cross between a Scottish raspberry and a wild blackberry.
 

Vegetables

ItemInformationRecipes
artichoke mid-May to October
There are 2 distinct seasons for regular globe green artichoke. A spring season from mid-May until June and then a fall season from mid-August to October. Conveniently, the purple artichoke can be grown mid-summer, July-August. The purple variety fruits in one year, but the greens fruit every two years. Artichokes can definitely be grown here but the climate is not ideal and that may be why it is hard to find commerically grown Washington artichokes.
 
beans, shellAugust to November
 
beans, stringJuly to September
Varieties:  green, pole, purple, wax
 
broccoliJune to October
 
burdock year round
Also known as "gobo". burdock info 
 
cauliflowerJune to September
 
celeryAugust to mid-November
 
chardyear round
 
chickpeas mid-June to August
Chickpeas are available both fresh and dried. Fresh chickpeas don't need to be soaked ahead of cooking and can be used much like fava beans or shelling peas.
From:  Alvarez Farms
 
chrysanthamumJuly to September
Also known as "shungiku". You can add the flowers and steep them in black tea for Hong Kong style tea. Or steam the leaves and serve with red bean paste.
shungiku info 
 
cornAugust to October
 
cucumberJuly to mid-October
Varieties:  pickling (smart, northern), armenian, bush champion, early russian, lemon, mideast prolific, straight eight, suyo long, sweet marketmore
 
cucumber, JapaneseMay to October
These have very few seeds.
 
daikonyear round
A type of radish also known as "Japanese radish", "Chinese radish" and "Satsuma radish". They are white with a milder flavor than common red radishes. They can grow very large (up to 100 pounds!) but most are harvested at a few pounds or less. They have a mild spiciness to them and are traditionally grated for sashimi, but they are also great raw in salads, pickled or roasted. daikon photo 
 
eggplantAugust to October
 
fennelJuly to mid-October
 
greens, Asianyear round
 
greens, mustardyear round
 
kaleyear round
 
kohlrabiJune to November
 
leeksyear round
 
mushroomsyear round
Varieties:  cremini, enoki, lions mane, shiitake, button, oyster
 
mustard greensyear round
 
OkraJuly to mid-September
Okra is often used in southern cooking.
 
onionJune to October
 
onion, sweet mid-June to September
Also known as "Walla Wallas". Shelf life is only 2-3 weeks after harvest.
 
peppers, bellAugust to October
 
peppers, chileAugust to October
 
potatoesyear round
Varieties:  all-blue, bintje, desiree, german butterball, purple viking, red sangre, russet nugget, yellow finn, yukon gold, banana, russet, fingerling
 
radishesApril to November
 
romanescoAugust to November
 
tomatillosAugust to September
 
tomatoesJuly to October
 
turnip, Japaneseyear round
Available from Rockridge Farms year round, but best in cooler weather.
 
zucchiniJuly to mid-September
 

Salad greens

ItemInformationRecipes
arugula mid-March to November
Also known as "rocket". Best in the spring and fall.
Arugula recipes. 
 
borageApril to November
Small leaves are most tender.
borage info 
Latin:  Borago officinalis 
 
lambs quarter mid-June to August
Latin:  Chenopodium album 
 
lettuceMay to November
Tender, summer lettuces include romaine, iceberg, butterhead and leaf lettuces.
lettuce varieties 
 
mizunayear round
 
orachApril to October
Orach is an annual.



Latin:  Atriplex hortensis 
 

radicchioMarch to November
Grows best in cooler weather. Can be harvested both in spring and fall. There are also some varieties that can take the summer heat and be harvested june-august.

Latin:  Cichorium intybus 
 
salad burnetMarch to November
Salad burnet is an evergreen perennial.
salad burnet info 
Latin:  Poterium sanguisorba 
 
spinachyear round
 
trevisio mid-July to November
Trevisio is a type of radicchio that is long and slender like belgian endive. It is green until when it is mature and then turns red.


Latin:  Cichorium endivia 
 

Foraged edibles

ItemInformationRecipes
black cap raspberriesJuly to August
Latin:  Rubus leucodermis 
 
blackberries, wild trailingJuly to August
Also known as "Pacific dewberry".
 
elderberriesAugust to September
Latin:  Sambucus canadensis 
 
huckleberries, mountainJuly to September
Latin:  Vaccinium spp. 
 
purslaneJuly to August
Latin:  Portulaca oleracea 
 
strawberriesJune to August
Latin:  Fragaria virginiana 
 

Edible flowers

ItemInformationRecipes
arugula blossomsJuly to October
 
borage blossoms mid-April to November
 
calendulaApril to November
 
chive blossomsJune to August
 
chrysanthamum blossomsJuly to October
 
day lilyJune to August
 
dianthus June to August
Also known as "pinks"
 
nasturtiumJune to August
 
pansiesApril to November
 
pea blossomsApril to November
 
squash blossomsJune to August
 

Wild mushrooms

ItemInformationRecipes
cauliflowerAugust to November
Latin:  Sparassis crispa, S. radicata 
 
chanterelleJuly to November
 
chanterelle, whiteAugust to October
 
chicken of the woodsAugust to September
Chicken of the woods is still available in october, but no longer tasty.
Latin:  Laetiporus sulphureus, Polyporus sulphureus 
 
lobsterJuly to October
 
morel mid-April to August
Most morels come from Eastern Washington
Latin:  Morchella esculenta 
 

Herbs

ItemInformationRecipes
angelicaApril to October
 
anise hyssopJune to August
 
basilJuly to mid-October
Varieties:  thai, lemon, fino verde (bush basil), cinnamon, lime, genovese, greek, holy, lettuce leaf, red rubin, persian anise, opal
 
bayyear round
Latin:  geranium 
 
chervilMay to September
 
chives mid-August to October
 
cilantroJune to September
 
dillJune to September
 
fennelJune to September
 
geraniums, scentedyear round
Varieties:  rose, lemon
 
lemon verbenaMay to September
 
lovageMarch to September
 
marjoramJune to September
 
mintMay to October
 
oreganoJune to September
 
parsleyJune to November
 
rosemaryyear round
 
sageJune to November
 
savoryJune to September
 
shisoJune to September
 
sorrelMarch to November
 
steviaJuly to October
 
tarragonJune to September
 
thymeyear round
Member of the mint family, thyme is a perennial evergreen herb.
Varieties:  Common, lemon, and caraway
 
vap caMay to October
Available from Rockridge Farms.
vap ca info 
 

Cheese

ItemInformationRecipes
Cow's milk cheeseyear round
 
Goat's milk cheeseMarch to November
 
Sheep's milk cheeseMarch to November
 

Eggs

ItemInformationRecipes
eggs, chickenyear round
Fresh eggs from pastured chicken are available year-round from local farms, farmers markets, PCC or Whole Foods and other area markets. Araucana (green) hen eggs are available at Pike Place Creamery in the Pike Place Market.
 
eggs, duckyear round
 
eggs, quailMarch to November
Pike Place Creamery says that quail eggs are usually not available locally in the winter months.
 

Meat

ItemInformationRecipes
beefyear round
Sources for Washington pasture-raised beef. 

Country Natural Beef is an agricultural cooperative producing sustainably raised beef that is grain finished but for a shorter time than conventional beef.
 

lambJuly to November
Most lamb are butchered and made available directly from a farm in the summer through the fall. Check with the specific farmer. Frozen lamb is often available year-round. Hoh Humm Ranch in the Hoh River Valley, Cici Wilson (253) 804-3364, BCS Livestock in WInthrop, Betsy and Casey Smith (509) 996-3159 drbetsy@methownet.com, Dunlop Farm in the San Juan Islands, Bruce Dunlop (360) 468-4620 bruce@lopezislandfarm.com

 
porkyear round
Before you buy pork, read this blog! Certified naturally-grown pork is available from Whistling Train Farm . More sources of pork. 
 

Poultry

ItemInformationRecipes
chickenyear round
Sources for Washington grown pasture-raised chicken. 
 

Other

ItemInformationRecipes
banana leavesJuly to October
Available fresh from Rockridge Farms. (Each leaf is about 6 feet long.)
 
chestnut flouryear round
Chestnut flour source and information. 
 
cideryear round
Many local types, apple, pear, etc..
 
emmeryear round
Emmer is the mother grain to spelt and all modern wheat. Certified Organic emmer from Bluebird Grain Farms 
 
flax seedyear round
Certified Organic flax seed from Bluebird Grain Farms 
 
green tea mid-May to December
From Rockridge Farms
Latin:  Camellia sinensis 
 
lentilsyear round
 
rye year round
Certified Organic rye from Bluebird Grain Farms 
 
spelt year round
Certified Organic spelt from Bluebird Grain Farms 
 
Szechuan peppercornAugust to September
Also known as "sansho"
From the prickly ash tree. Available from Rockridge Farms.
The leaves are edible and available May-Oct.
For more information:
sansho info  
Latin:  Zanthoxylum piperipum 
 
wheat year round
Certified Organic wheat from Bluebird Grain Farms Also look for Shephards Grain Wheat now being widely distributed in the Pacific Northwest through Stone-Buhr .
 

Pacific NW seafood

ItemInformationRecipes
abaloneyear round
Latin:  Haliotis 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
arctic charyear round
There is also wild arctic char available from Canada in the fall.

Latin:  Salvelinus alpinus 
From:  Primarily from Canada
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
bass, stripedyear round
This is a hybrid striped bass.
Latin:  Morone saxatitis and Morone chrysops 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
caviar, paddlefishyear round
Latin:  Polyodon spathula 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
caviar, salmonyear round
From chum salmon. It is known in Japanese as Ikura. Season is actually May-Nov, but it is available year-round.
Latin:  Oncorhynchus keta 
From:  Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
caviar, salmon 
caviar, troutyear round
Latin:  Oncorhynchus mykiss 
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
caviar, white sturgeonyear round
Latin:  Acipenser transmontanus 
From:  Idaho, California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
caviar, whitefishyear round
Season is actually Oct-December but it is available year-round.
Latin:  Coregonus clupeaformis 
From:  Montana
Wild or Farmed?  wild
 
clams, manilayear round
Greatest supply during warm weather.
View source list 
Latin:  Venergupis philippinarum, Ruditapes philippinarum 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
Capture Method:  gathered by hand rake
 
clams, razoryear round
The Washington commercial season is 6 weeks, and can either be in the spring or summer.
Razors are available year round from Oregon and Alaska. You can also get them frozen year round.
Latin:  Siliqua patula 
From:  Washington, Oregon, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  dug by hand
 
cod, black year round
West Coast season is August-October.
BC season is year-round, but the peak is January-April.
Alaska season is March-November.
View source list 
Latin:  Anoplopoma fimbria 
From:  West Coast, BC, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  longline, trawls and traps
 
cod, Pacificyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Gadus macrocephalus 
From:  West Coast, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pots, jig, longline, trawl (and as bycatch)
 
crab, Dungenessyear round
West coast production peak is Dec/Jan and prices are lowest at that time, although crab may be "lighter" with less meat after molting. June/July is the peak period for AK, BC.
For more information:
View source list 
Latin:  Cancer magister 
From:  West Coast, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pot-caught
 
crab, snowApril to August
Available year-round frozen.
Latin:  Chioneocetes opilio, Chionectes bairdi 
From:  Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
 
Crawfish mid-May to October
Wild or Farmed?  wild
 
geoduckyear round
Also available wild from Washington and Alaska.
View source list 

Latin:  Panope abrupta 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
geoduckyear round
Latin:  Panope abrupta 
From:  Southeast Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  dive-harvested
 
halibut, Pacific mid-March to mid-November
View source list 
Latin:  Hippoglossus stenolepis 
From:  WA, BC, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  Longline, troll
 
lingcod mid-May to December
View source list 
Latin:  Ophiodon elongatus 
From:  West coast, Canada, Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  hook and line
 
mussel, mediterraneanMarch to November
"Meds" spawn in the winter.
View source list 
Latin:  Mytilus galloprovincialis 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
octopusyear round
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  pots, bycatch from trawls
 
oyster, easternyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea virginica 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
oyster, kumamotoyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea sikamea 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
oysters, pacificyear round
View source list 
Latin:  Crassostrea gigas 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
rockfishyear round
Also known as: "rock cod" "pacific snapper"
Avoid trawl caught rockfish.
View source list 
Latin:  Sebastes spp. 
From:  Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  hook and line, bottom longline
 
salmon, chinookyear round
Also known as "king"
May to September is PEAK season.
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Avoid all farmed salmon.
View source list 

Latin:  Oncorhynchus tschawytscha 
From:  Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reefnet, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
 
salmon, cohoJune to October
Also known as "silver"
Local Lummi Island coho caught by reefnet is available fresh the first two weeks of October.
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Avoid all farmed salmon.
View source list 

Latin:  Oncorhynchus kisutch 
From:  Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reefnet, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
 
salmon, farmedyear round

Farmed and dangerous 

It's cheap but it will cost you. Don't buy it.
Latin:  Pinkus unnaturalis, Environmentalis hazardum 
 

salmon, ketaJune to November
Also known as "chum" or "dog"
Local Lummi Island keta caught by reefnet is available. Peak local season is late July to Sept.
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
View source list 

Latin:  Oncorhynchus keta 
From:  Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reef net, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
 
salmon, pinkJune to September
Also known as "humpback"
Local Lummi Island pink salmon caught by reefnet is available. Peak local season is late July to Sept.
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Avoid all farmed salmon.
View source list 


Latin:  Oncorhynchus gorbuscha 
From:  Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reef net, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
 

salmon, sockeyeMay to September
Also known as "red"
The Alaskan salmon fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Local Lummi Island sockeye caught by reefnet is available. Peak local season is late July to Sept.
Avoid all farmed salmon.
View source list 


Latin:  Oncorhynchus nerka 
From:  Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  reef net, hook and line, gill net, or purse seine
 

sardineMay to November
Latin:  Sardinops sagax 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  gill net, seine, mid-water trawl
 
sea urchinyear round
Local (WA) season is from November-January for 12 weeks
From:  Alaska, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
 
shrimp, coonstripeyear round
caught with spot shrimp
Latin:  Pandalus hypsinotis 
From:  Alaska, Washington, BC, Oregon
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught
 
shrimp, pinkyear round
View source list 
Oregon has pinks available april-sept, Washington: april-oct., BC: june-dec

Latin:  Pandalus jordani 
From:   Oregon, Washington, BC
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawls with fin-fish excluder devices
 
shrimp, sidestripeyear round
Also lumped under the common name "spot prawn"
Caught along with pink shrimp.
View source list 

Latin:  Pandalopsis dispar 
From:  Alaska, BC, Oregon, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught, trawl
 
shrimp, spotyear round
Spring and summer in BC
June-August Washington
Year round in Alaska
Easy to locate frozen year round.
View source list 
Latin:  Pandalus platyceros 
From:  Alaska, BC, Washington
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  trap-caught
 
sole, doveryear round
Also known as "slippery sole", "slime sole" and "shortfinned sole".
Latin:  Microstomus pacificus 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
 
sole, englishyear round
Also known as "California sole", "lemon sole", and "pointed nose sole"
Latin:  Parophrys vetulus 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
 
sole, petraleyear round
Also known as "brill", "California sole", "roundnosed sole"

Heaviest catch is from Dec-Feb.
Latin:  Eopsetta jordani 
From:  California, Oregon, Washington, Canada
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
 

sole, rex year round
Also known as "longfinned sole", "witch sole"
Latin:  Errex zachirus 
From:  Primarily from Alaska
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
 
sole, yellowfinyear round
Also known as "Alaska dab", "muddab" or "northern sole"
Pacific Seafood's website says that more than 100,000 tons of yellowfin is landed each year off Alaska, and that almost all of this catch is exported to China, where it is filleted and re-exported back to the U.S. and Canada. Yellowfin is an inexpensive fish and the fillets are a good value.
Latin:  Limanda aspera 
From:  Alaska and west coast
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  otter trawl
 
squidMay to September
Summer season.
Also known as California squid.
Comes to market frozen.
Latin:  Loligo opalescens 
From:  Central California
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  seine
 
steelheadyear round
Peak season is from October to May.

Latin:  Salmo gairdneri 
From:  Washington
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
sturgeonyear round
Latin:  Acipenser transmontanus 
From:  California
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
tilapiayear round
From:  California, Idaho
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
trout, rainbowyear round
Latin:   Oncorhynchus mykiss 
From:  Idaho
Wild or Farmed?  farmed
 
tuna, albacoreJuly to September
View source list 
Latin:  Thunnus alalulunga 
From:  West Coast
Wild or Farmed?  wild
Capture Method:  troll, longline
 

 
 

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