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!