North Carolina produce availability update.  New fruits to look forward to in August are apples, blackberries and raspberries.

Apples are by far America’s favorite fruit. Apples contain modest amounts of nearly all the most important nutrients.  Because of their universal flavor appeal, versatility and convenience for use, nutritionists and dietitians rate them high on any list for eating right and staying fit. They are good for your teeth, stomach, skin and complexion, nerves, smile and overall good health.

The blackberry is an ancient fruit, prescribed by the Ancient Greeks for gout, mentioned in the Bible, and commonly written about in British folklore. Blackberries abound in antioxidants, such as anthocyanin pigments, responsible for the purplish-black color of blackberries and may impart health benefits because of their antioxidant properties. Additional antioxidants in blackberries are vitamins C and E, and ellagic acid.

Raspberries can be grown from the arctic to the equator. Raspberries contain the potential anticancer agent ellagic acid and are rich in vitamin C. Also, they are a source of soluble fibers and may lower high cholesterol levels. Their slow release of carbohydrates into the blood stream making them the perfect choice for diabetics. There are over 200 species of raspberries.

Watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews and other specialty melons, which start around the first of July will still be available during most of August.

Other North Carolina produce available during August are cabbage, cherry tomatoes, collards, figs, green onions, peaches, pears, persimmons, pumpkins, snap beans, yellow squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini.

August will also see the planting of fall crops such as collards, greens, romaine lettuce, yellow squash and zucchini.

If you have any question about availability, please consult our North Carolina Produce Availability List or one of our horticulture marketing specialists.  Click here if you are looking for farmers that can supply truckload lots.

Visit our Find Local directory for a personal shopping experience at a local farmers market.

For updated information and availability always contact your local grower.

Nick Augostini, Assistant Director, Horticulture