Seasonality Chart


Download and print our new seasonal foods guide! (ahora en español!) Prints on letter sized paper and folds in half twice to fit in with your grocery list.


Eating fruits, nuts and vegetables in season is an amazing experience! It’s also relatively easy given North Carolina’s fertile lands, long growing season and growing interest in local foods.


Peanuts and the official State Vegetable – the sweet potato – are available year round because they are well-suited for safe storage. The apple season (mid-August through mid-February) offers plenty of time to savor these crunchy delights, while the strawberry season -- nothing could be finer – is typically 4-6 weeks (mid-to-late April through late May to early June).


As North Carolina’s local food economy grows, so too does the availability of local meats, dairy and eggs. Visit Our Partners page to find a farmer near you.


Did you know fish and shellfish are also seasonal? Clams can be enjoyed year round. Summer and autumn are ideal for shrimp while soft-blue crabs are typically enjoyed in the spring and summer. North Carolina Sea Grant has a terrific on-line seasonal guide.


Below is a sampling of local foods available in the coming months. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also has a useful on-line “What’s in Season” chart.


Enjoy!






OCTOBERNOVEMBERDECEMBERJANUARY

FRUITS
Apples
Fig
Grapes
Muscadines
Plums

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery Root
Collards
Cucumbers
Garlic
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Kale
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Pumpkins
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Turnips
Winter Squash
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Blue Crab (Hard)
Clam
Croaker
Grouper
King Mackerel
Mullet
Oyster
Shrimp
Snapper
Southern Flounder
Spanish Mackerel
Spot
Spotted Sea Trout
Striped Bass
Yellowfin Tuna

FRUITS
Apples

NUTS
Peanuts
Pecans

VEGETABLES
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery Root
Collards
Cucumbers
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Kale
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Pumpkins
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Winter Squash
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Blue Crab (Hard)
Clam
Croaker
Grouper
King Mackerel
Mullet
Oyster
Shrimp
Snapper
Southern Flounder
Spanish Mackerel
Spot
Spotted Sea Trout
Striped Bass
Yellowfin Tuna

FRUITS
Apples

NUTS
Peanuts
Pecans

VEGETABLES
Beets
Bok Choy
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery Root
Collards
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Kale
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Pumpkins
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Winter Squash
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Bluefin Tuna
Bluefish
Clam
Croaker
Flounder
Grey Sea Trout (Weakfish)
King Mackerel
Oyster
Spotted Sea Trout
Striped Bass

FRUITS
Apples

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Bok Choy
Brussel Sprouts
Carrots
Celery Root
Rutabaga
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Bluefin Tuna
Bluefish
Clam
Croaker
Flounder
Grey Sea Trout (Weakfish)
King Mackerel
Oyster
Spotted Sea Trout
Striped Bass

Learn about North Carolina's Fruit & Vegetable Availability and North Carolina's Seafood Availability.