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Margaret Larson
County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
mklarson@illinois.edu

Samantha Burbach
Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329
kowalcz3@illinois.edu

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-232-9006
gmccarty@illinois.edu

Winnebago Local Foods Initiative

Winnebago Local Foods Initiative

What's in Season?

When purchasing vegetables and fruit from local Farmers Markets, you should be aware of the growing season here in Northern Illinois. If a vendor is offering up lovely tomatoes in early June, chances are they are not local.

Use the list below to help you choose what to buy and from whom to buy. This list provides you a typcial framework for seasonality in the area. If you have further questions, ask the farmer!

Early Season – May to June

Asparagus Herbs Lettuce Rhubarb

Onions Peas Strawberries Spinach

Radishes Greens Cherries

Midseason – July to August

Beans Herbs Leeks Lettuce

Onions Peas Radishes Spinach

Corn Blueberries Raspberries Cabbage

Melons Zucchini Carrots Potatoes

Broccoli Cauliflower Tomatoes Swiss Chard

Cucumbers Beets Kohlrabi Peppers

Summer Squash Sweet Potatoes Turnips

Late Season – September to October

Apples Melons Parsnips Grapes

Carrots Rutabagas Pumpkins Gourds

Squash Tomatoes Potatoes Brussels Sprouts

Indian Corn Straw Corn Stalks Bittersweet