What’s Fruits are In Season? Ice Cream from Local Fresh Fruit.

In most parts of the country we are at the height of the harvesting season for local fresh fruit and herbs perfect for making great frozen desserts and dessert toppings.  Tampa unfortunately is not one of those places, but the consistent 94 degree, high humidity days with clockwork late afternoon tropical downpours has its own charms.  As I never remember, I thought it would be useful to collect together some links on finding out whats in season and local farmer’s markers.

What Fruits are in Season?

US

If you are not using an IPad, here is a nice flash US map of fruits in season by month and state:

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/seasonalingredientmap

For even more detail check out this amazing page of state by state harvest calendar links.

http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide.php

Canada

http://localfoods.about.com/od/CanadianProduceGuides/Canadian-Produce-Guides.htm

 UK

http://www.the-green-way.eu/Ressources/food%20by%20Sarah%20Lardner/Seasonal_FruitAndVeg.pdf

Australia

http://www.mygreenaustralia.com/australian-fruit-and-vegetable-season-list/

 

Local Farmers Markets

US

Based on how accurate the results were for Tampa,  this looks like a very comprensive list of local farmers markets in the US compiled by the USDA.

http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/default.aspx

Canada

http://www.farmersmarketscanada.ca/Mission.cfm

UK

http://www.localfoods.org.uk/local-food-directory

Australia

http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au/markets

 

How to Tell If Fruit is Ripe

http://lifehacker.com/5935711/is-it-ripe-how-to-tell-when-your-favorite-fruits-and-vegetables-are-ready-to-eat

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