South Dakota Fruits and Vegetables

Ripe Tomatoes
Tomatoes on the Vine. Credit: Adam Drobiec / EyeEm / Getty Images

Later harvest, shorter growing season, and more dependence on cool-weather and storage crops mark Upper-Midwestern seasonality. Exact crop availability and harvest times vary year-to-year, but this summary will help you know when to look for what at markets near you. You can also look up produce by seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region.

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

  • Apples, August through October
  • Asparagus, May through August. 
  • Basil, August and September. Turn big bunches in pesto or freeze it for later in the year.
  • Beets, June through October
  • Blueberries, July into August
  • Broccoli, June through October
  • Brussels Sprouts, August through mid-November. If you see Brussels sprouts being sold on their giant stalks, snap them up for easy transport home!
  • Cabbage, June into November
  • Cantaloupes, August and September
  • Carrots, June through October. Note that the local harvest is likely to be available from storage through winter.
  • Cauliflower, August through November
  • Celery, August through October
  • Chard, July through September
  • Corn, mid-June through mid-August
  • Cucumbers, July through mid-October
  • Eggplant, July through mid-October
  • Garlic, August through November
  • Grapes, September
  • Green Beans, July through September
  • Green Onions, June through September
  • Greens (various), June through October
  • Herbs, July through October
  • Leeks, August through October
  • Lettuce (various), June through September
  • Melons, August and September
  • Mint, April through October
  • Onions, August through October (local harvest available from storage year-round)
  • Parsnips, April and May and again in October through November (local harvest available from storage through winter)
  • Pea Greens, June and July. The big, tangled bunches cook down to almost nothing, so buy more than you think you'll need!
  • Peas, July through August
  • Peppers (sweet), July through September
  • Potatoes, July through October (local harvest available from storage year-round)
  • Pumpkins, October
  • Radishes, May through October
  • Raspberries, June into August
  • Rhubarb, May through June
  • Rutabagas, October through November (available from storage into spring)
  • Shelling Beans, September through October. These are the kinds of beans that get dried for long-term storage.
  • Spinach, May through October
  • Summer Squash, July through October
  • Strawberries, June and July
  • Tomatoes, July through early October. Look for dry-farmed tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • Turnips, August through November (local harvest available from storage through February)
  • Watermelons, August through September
  • Wild Rice, local harvest available from storage year-round
  • Winter Squash, August through October (local harvest available from storage through February)
  • Zucchini, July through October
  • Zucchini Blossoms, June through August