Lettuce and other leafy greens grown in Florida are typically available from December through April, but can be found earlier in the year at some local farmers' markets.

Unlike most places around the United States, much of Florida's agricultural output comes in the winter, when farms begin shipping items like tomatoes all over the country to make up for other areas that have closed because of the cold.

While many foods, like mushrooms, can be grown year-round, the state's most intense agricultural season begins in October and November and runs through May. Not surprisingly, that season coincides with our most pleasant weather and it's also when our farmers' markets are at their most bountiful.

But even within the state's broad growing season, different varieties of produce will ripen at different times. So, if you're a consistent farmers' market shopper, you will see your options vary from week to week.

Below, you can find a rough breakdown of what you might find fresh from the Florida soil throughout the growing season, courtesy of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You can find many of these items at our area's excellent farmers' markets.

November

Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, carambola, guava, passion fruit, peanuts, peppers, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

December

Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, carambola, guava, passion fruit, collard greens, lettuce and other leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

January

Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, carambola, guava, passion fruit, peanuts, broccoli, collard greens, lettuce and other leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, corn, avocados, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

February

Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, carambola, guava, papaya, peanuts, broccoli, collard greens, lettuce and other leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

March

Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, carambola, guava, papaya, peanuts, broccoli, collard greens, lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

April

Blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, watermelons, carambola, guava, papaya, peaches, peanuts, lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

May

Blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, watermelons, guava, papaya, peaches, peanuts, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, snap beans and squash.

June

Cantaloupe, mangoes, oranges, watermelons, guava, lychees, papaya, passion fruit, peanuts, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, avocados, eggplant, mushrooms.

July

Mangoes, watermelons, guava, lychees, longan, passion fruit, peanuts, avocados, mushrooms.

August

Mangoes, guava, longan, passion fruit, peanuts, avocados and mushrooms.

September

Grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, tangerines, guava, peanuts, avocados and mushrooms.

October

Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, carambola, tomatoes, corn, avocados, cucumbers, mushrooms, squash.

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