Winter is citrus season in the Valley. Oranges and grapefruit overfill the produce bins. Keen shoppers keep an eye out for the more unusual citrus varieties such as clementines, tangelos, cara cara and blood oranges, pummelos and Meyer lemons.
Our farmers' markets are in full swing with an abundance of lettuces, leafy greens and winter herbs. Leeks make their first appearance, along with cabbages, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Root veggies such as beets, parsnips, turnips and rutabagas increase in sweetness as the weather turns colder.
Adopted foods such as peas, lentils and wheat grow on native farms nourished by the gentle winter rains.
Here's what you can find during December and January at the farmers' markets in the greater Phoenix area.
Fruits and Vegetables in Season: December and January
- Bok choy and other Asian greens
- Broccoli raab
- Brussels sprouts
- Cabbage (green, red and Asian varieties)
- Grapefruit (all varieties)
- Green onions (bunching onions and I'itoi)
- Greens (collards, dandelion, escarole, mustard, rapini, Swiss chard)
- Kale (Tuscan and Russian)
- Lemons (first Meyers, then Lisbons)
- Lettuce (baby mix and other varieties)
- Oranges (Blood, Cara Cara, Navel and Valencia)
- Sweet potatoes