Strawberries in a wicker basket in a field with greens surrounding it

Five Lowcountry produce treasures at the peak of freshness

Bountiful harvests

As the warm breezes of May sweep through the Lowcountry, the region awakens to a bounty of fresh produce, painting farmers markets, roadside stands, grocery stores and u-pick farms with vibrant hues. May is a particularly exciting month for locals, offering a diverse palette of fruits and vegetables that are at their peak of freshness. So, grab your basket and embark on a culinary adventure through the Lowcountry, where the gifts of the earth are waiting to be picked and savored.

The first taste of summer


Strawberries are among the first signs of summer in the Lowcountry, with their harvest season beginning in early April and stretching through the end of May. These ruby jewels are perfect for everything from fresh salads and smoothies to jams and desserts. A few local farms offer the experience of picking your own strawberries, making for a delightful outing with family and friends.

Harvest dates: April 4-May 30

Strawberries in a basket with person picking one up

Crunch time 


Cucumbers come into season by mid-May, offering a refreshing crunch that’s perfect for the rising temperatures. Whether you’re making pickles, adding them to salads or enjoying them as a crisp snack, cucumbers are a must-have. Their high water content makes them an excellent choice for staying hydrated during the warmer months.

Harvest dates: May 15-July 20

Harvest cucumbers in a basket. Selective focus. Food.

Magic beans 

Green beans

Green beans, with their crisp texture and vibrant green color, start to appear in mid-May. They are a staple in Southern cooking, finding their way into dishes like salads, casseroles and stir-fries. Green beans are not only delicious, but also packed with nutrients, making them a healthy addition to spring and summer meals.

Harvest dates: May 15-Aug. 4

fresh green beans picked and put in a wicker basket

Mellow marvels 

Squash & zucchini

By May, squash and zucchini are making their grand entrance, offering a versatility that’s hard to match. Whether you’re grilling, sautéing, baking or spiralizing, these vegetables add a touch of freshness to any meal. Their mild flavor makes them a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike, serving as the perfect canvas for a variety of seasonings and accompaniments.

Harvest dates: May 1-Aug. 10

Green and yellow zucchini harvest in wooden box at green garden background. Copyspace

A Southern delight


By the end of May, okra starts to make its appearance, heralding the peak of summer. This quintessentially Southern vegetable can be fried, stewed or added to gumbo and stews for a touch of flavor and texture. Okra is not only delicious but also rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious addition to your diet.

Harvest dates: May 30-July 30

fresh green okra on a woven basket close up and top view

U-Pick Farms in the Lowcountry

These farms offer more than just flowers and produce; they offer a journey—a chance to reconnect with the land, taste the sweetness of locally-grown treasures, and support our community’s heartbeat. So, grab a basket, roll up your sleeves, and savor the joy of picking your own flowers, fruits and vegetables straight from the source.

A smiling Little girl picks strawberries on the u-pick strawberry farm.

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