Nova Scotia Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

What's in season in Nova Scotia?

Tomatoes
Ripe Tomatoes. Laszlo Podor/Getty Images

Nova Scotia boasts a short but sweet growing season. Like so many places, once you start looking around there is an amazing amount of local produce—low-tech techniques for extending the growing season and proper storage of long-lasting crops can keep people in locally grown produce for much of the year. Depending on the growing season crop availability will vary—in the warmest years, seasons start earlier and last longer; in colder years harvest times start later and end sooner.

  • Apples, August through October (available from cold storage until spring)
  • Arugula, May through August and September through November
  • Asparagus, June and July
  • Basil, July through September
  • Beets, July through October (available from cold storage through spring)
  • Blackberries, late August
  • Blueberries, late July through August
  • Broccoli, July into October
  • Brussels Sprouts, September into November
  • Cabbage, July into October (available from cold storage into spring)
  • Cantaloupes, August and September
  • Carrots, June into November (available from cold storage all year)
  • Cauliflower, September into November
  • Chard, July into October
  • Collard Greens, July through November
  • Corn, end of July through September
  • Cranberries, October through December
  • Cucumbers, August and September
  • Eggplant, end of July through September
  • Fiddleheads, April and May
  • Garlic, August through October (stored year-round)
  • Garlic Scapes, May and June
  • Grapes, September and October
  • Green beans, August and September
  • Green Onions, May through October
  • Herbs, various spring through fall
  • Kale, July through November
  • Leeks, August through November
  • Lettuce, May through November
  • Melons, August and September
  • Mint, June through October
  • Morels, spring
  • Mushrooms - cultivated, year-round
  • Mushrooms - wild, spring through fall
  • Nettles, spring
  • Onions, August through October (available from cold storage into spring)
  • Parsnips, October and November (available from cold storage through spring)
  • Pears, August into October
  • Pea Greens, May and June
  • Peas and pea pods, June into August
  • Peppers (sweet), August and September
  • Plums, early September
  • Potatoes, August through October (available from cold storage all year)
  • Pumpkins, October (available from cold storage into winter)
  • Radishes, May into September
  • Raspberries, late July through early August, second crop at the end of September
  • Rhubarb, May and June
  • Rutabagas, October and November (available from cold storage into spring)
  • Spinach, June, second crop start at end of August into October
  • Squash - summer, July through September
  • Squash - winter, September into November (available from cold storage through spring)
  • Strawberries, end of June into July
  • Tomatoes, July into October
  • Turnips, September and October (available from cold storage through spring)
  • Watermelons, August and September
  • Winter Squash, September into November (available from cold storage through spring)
  • Zucchini, July through September
  • Zucchini Blossoms, June through September