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!






APRILMAYJUNEJULY

FRUITS
Strawberries

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Celery Root
Green Onions
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Kale
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Radish
Spinach
Spring Onions
Sweet Potatoes
Turnips

SEAFOOD
Blue Crab (Soft)
Bluefish
Clam
Grey Sea Trout (Weakfish)
Grouper
King Mackerel
Kingfish
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish)
Oyster
Snapper
Tilefish
Yellowfin Tuna

FRUITS
Blueberries
Strawberries

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Cabbage
Celery Root
Green Onions
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Kale
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Radish
Snow Peas
Spinach
Spring Onions
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Blue Crab (Soft)
Bluefish
Clam
Grey Sea Trout (Weakfish)
Grouper
King Mackerel
Kingfish
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish)
Oyster
Snapper
Tilefish
Yellowfin Tuna

FRUITS
Blackberries
Blueberries
Honeydew
Peaches
Plums
Strawberries
Watermelon

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Onions
Green Peppers
Greenhouse Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leafy Greens
Mustard Greens
Radish
Spring Onions
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips
White Potatoes
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Blue Crab (Hard)
Blue Crab (Soft)
Clam
Grouper
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish)
Oyster
Shrimp
Snapper
Spanish Mackerel
Tilefish
Triggerfish
Yellowfin Tuna

FRUITS
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Honeydew
Peaches
Plums
Raspberries
Watermelon

NUTS
Peanuts

VEGETABLES
Brussel Sprouts
Butter Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Field Peas
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peppers
Hot Peppers
Kohlrabi
Leafy Greens
Okra
Spring Onions
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
White Potatoes
Zucchini

SEAFOOD
Black Sea Bass
Blue Crab (Hard)
Blue Crab (Soft)
Clam
Grouper
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphinfish)
Oyster
Shrimp
Snapper
Spanish Mackerel
Tilefish
Triggerfish
Yellowfin Tuna

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