Stock Up on August's Freshest Produce (with Recipe)

Bid farewell to the fading season with a trip to the farm stand—and some fresh cobbler.

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still time to take advantage of your local farmers’ markets. Here’s a list of August’s freshest produce so you can make the most of these last few beach days, pool picnics and evening barbecues:

Apples • Arugula  Beets • Blackberries • Blueberries • Broccoli • Cabbage • Cantaloupe • 
Carrots Cauliflower • 
Celery • Cherries • Collard greens • Corn • Cucumbers • Eggplant  Fennel  
Garlic • 
Grapes • Green onions • Herbs • Kale • Melon • Mushrooms • Onions • Peas • 
Peppers • Plums 
• Potatoes • Radishes • Raspberries • Scallions Spinach • 
• Summer squash • Tomatoes • Watermelon • Zucchini

You can find these items at one of Delaware’s many farm stands, open all summer long. (See bottom of article for listings.)

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Summer Berry Cobbler

This recipe, courtesy of chef Alex Schiff and sous chef Amanda Nichols from Cantwell’s Tavern in Odessa, is the perfect dessert to help you say goodbye to summer.

For the filling:

  • 5 quarts of fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of sugar

Toss all of the ingredients together until fruit is coated, then portion equally into small dishes.

For the topping:

  • 4 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1 pound of cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cups of buttermilk

Place all ingredients except buttermilk into a food processor, and pulse for 30 seconds (or until mixture resembles the texture of cornmeal). Remove from food processor and, using a spatula, fold in the buttermilk until the mixture forms a loose, slightly tacky dough. Rip the dough into small bite-size pieces and cover the fresh berries. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. 

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New Castle County

Bright Spot Mobile Urban Farm Market • Various locations in Wilmington

Fifer Orchards • 807 Frenchtown Road East, New Castle

Filasky’s Produce • 1343 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown 

Highland Orchards Farm Market • 1431 Foulk Road, Wilmington 

John’s Homegrown and Farm Fresh Produce • 3055 Old County Road, Newark 

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Marini Produce • 2121 Veale Road, Wilmington 

Willey Farms • 4092 Dupont Pkwy., Townsend 

Kent County

Ficner’s Farm • 1911 Fast Landing Road, Dover

Fifer Orchards, Inc. • 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Wyoming 

Fresh Connection • 9598 Coastal Hwy., Milford 

Hazeye Farms • 242 S. Dupont Hwy., Smyrna 

John’s Produce • 4693 Kenton Road, Dover 

Shiloh Lea Farm • 3716 Mahan Corner Road, Marydel 

Sussex County

Adams Fruit Market • 2239 Seashore Hwy., Greenwood 

Adkins Produce • 32008 Long Neck Road, Millsboro

Anderson’s Produce Market • 37458 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach

Country Living Produce • 28086 Cross Keys Road, Millsboro 

Dawn’s Country Market • 30511 Cave Neck Road, Milton 

Evans Farms Produce • 9843 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville 

Fifer Orchards Farm Market Cafe • 200 Cullen St., Dewey Beach

Garden Shack Farm • 19884 Beaver Dam Road, Lewes 

Givens Produce • 8947 Woodland Ferry Road, Laurel 

Little Wagon Produce • 2667 Seashore Hwy., Greenwood

Marvelous Produce • 22958 Sussex Hwy., Seaford 

T.S. Smith and Sons • 8887 Redden Road, Bridgeville 

Tomato Sunshine • 4312 Highway One North, Rehoboth Beach

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