Friday, June 1, 2007

The Harvest Calender

Hello June! For those of you who haven’t yet noticed it over there on the right, Figs Olives Wine features a calendar that lists major crops being harvested from the field (rather than the hot house) this month in New York State, as well as major crops grown locally that are available from storage. All information comes from the Council on the Environment of New York’s greenmarkets page, where you can also find city greenmarket schedules.

This month, beets, broccoli, cabbage, herbs, peas, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, and zucchini all make their official appearance on the list, and we bid adieu to parsnips until October.

I find the compilation incredibly helpful for coming up with new seasonal combinations of ingredients, and I hope you will too.

Of course, the best way to familiarize yourself with what's in season where you live is to visit farmer's markets in your area at least a couple of times a month. And talk to the growers. They're always more than happy to discuss which crops are at their peak. To find markets near you in the US, check the Zip or City Quick Search at Local Harvest. Happy Eating!


Anonymous said...

Good idea! Thanks for putting it together! Gorgeous market photos too.

Anonymous said...

i just found your site and love it. is that rhubarb in the photo? i love rhubarb and never know how to prepare it. would love to see you do a recipe with it. i'll be back soon and often. thanks.

Figs, Olives, Wine said...

Hi Anonymous #1
I'm so glad you like the harvest calendar! It's really such a help to me, so I hope it will be to you too. Many thanks, Amanda

Hi Anonymous #2
Welcome! I'm so happy you like the site! You are absolutely right - that is rhubarb...a lot of rhubarb. I did a recipe for a rhubarb clafouti a while back that you can find in the May archives or by following this link:
Thanks so much for the kind words, and stay in touch,

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