Tech­ni­cally, August is still very much a part of sum­mer. Tem­per­a­tures are high and we are still enjoy­ing dips in the pool and leisurely meals.

A cue sig­nal­ing that sum­mer might be fad­ing is when we notice new crop Cal­i­for­nia Bartlett pears and Gala apples in the mar­ket­place. They’re here.

Noth­ing against peaches, plums and nec­tarines. See­ing the pears come into the mar­ket­place reminds us to get after those stone fruits while the get­ting is good. They are still at peak of eat­ing for fla­vor, tex­ture and juici­ness.

If we plan to bake, can or freeze summer’s fruit, time is wast­ing. Cap­ture the fleet­ing oppor­tu­nity now. Cher­ries undoubt­edly had an abbre­vi­ated sea­son. Mother Nature dis­rupted what was meant to be a ban­ner cherry crop.

Back to apples and pears join­ing the bounty. The tran­si­tion from late sum­mer to early fall pro­duce is a famil­iar annual change that pre­pares us for eat­ing and cook­ing a bit differently.

Kids going back to school requires lunches and snacks that will boost energy and sta­mina. Hand fruits like pears and apples are a healthy rem­edy for hunger. Nutri­tion­ally sound, they don’t com­pete with empty calo­ries or processed foods. Once the urge to get back in to the kitchen strikes, baked desserts or break­fast treats shine brightly with these two late bloom­ing sum­mer fruits.

Sal­ads and sides get a lift from includ­ing them. Thinly sliced Bartlett pears on a bed of red and green but­ter leaf let­tuce is very sen­sual.

Col­or­ful, crunchy and sweet. Thin sliv­ers of sweet red onion, halved wal­nuts and blue cheese crum­bles secure per­fec­tion. Okay, maybe an aged Bal­samic vine­gar sends it over the top.

By the time new crop apple and pear har­vests begin, the sun­screen tube is empty and retail­ers are gear­ing up for Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day sales.

First sight­ings of curvy Bartletts indi­cate a sub­tle shift tak­ing place around our Cal­i­for­nia grow­ing regions. Farm and orchard activ­ity is keenly plugged in to the rhythms of the sea­sons.

Pic­ture navel orange and man­darin grow­ers tak­ing field counts, irri­gat­ing, spray­ing, fer­til­iz­ing and babysit­ting young trees in the heat. All of this still four months away from their har­vest start dates.

For now, the only fruit respon­si­bil­ity con­sumers have is to fully enjoy each new vari­ety on the scene. Last bites of sum­mer should include farm­ers mar­ket searches for every new temptation.

To read the full Mar­ket Report, includ­ing this week’s mar­ket update, see below or click here.