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farmer holding box of fresh produceEating foods that are in season gives you the best taste experience! The location, weather conditions and environment in which our favorite fruits and vegetables are harvested play a role in their growth, development and flavor.

If you want to enjoy fresh and delicious foods, follow this seasonal produce guide.

Fall Produce

Autumn is a popular time for harvesting crops. Apple picking and visiting the local pumpkin patch is a fall staple here in New England!

These fruits and vegetables were planted in the summer to thrive in the perfect combination of summer heat and cool temperatures from the approaching winter season. Yet it’s important to harvest autumn produce before the soil freezes.

What’s in Season:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes

Try our Apple Pancakes topped with apple compote, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Winter Produce

You may think it’s near impossible to grow produce during a New England winter. Between the big snowfalls and frigid temperatures, it seems unlikely the environment can produce any crops at all. However, there are many fruits and vegetables that can survive and even flourish during winter because they are planted underground!

Winter produce is harvested during the Persephone Period, when there’s less than 10 hours of daylight. Therefore, these in-season items must be harvested quickly and efficiently.

What’s in Season:

  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Kale

Try our Potato Skins with crispy bacon, melted cheddar and sour cream!

Spring Produce

When the sun starts to shine a bit longer and brighter, a new variety of produce becomes available to harvest. Spring sunshine warms up the soil, helping each crop’s water and nutrient intake, growth and overall development. The produce harvested during this season uses winter snow as an insulator in colder temperatures, then soaks up the spring melt!

What’s in Season:

  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Basil
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Lettuce

Try our Mushroom Scramelt with fresh sliced mushrooms, topped with melted American and cheddar cheeses.

Summer Produce

Summer produce requires warm soil and temperatures. Planting certain vegetables towards the end of spring can help prepare them for more sunlight to come. When harvesting summer crops, it’s important to pick in the morning while temperatures are cooler. This will keep them hydrated and help to better preserve their flavors.

What’s in Season:

  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peppers

Try our fresh and delicious Fruit Salad on the side of your favorite meal!
At Colony Diner, we always cook with fresh seasonal produce. Stop by today and try one of our delicious dishes!