Wednesday, August 1, 2007
August's Harvest Calendar
I can’t believe it’s already August, can you? Locally grown and new from the field (rather than the greenhouse) this month are: blackberries, cantaloupes, cauliflower, celery, currants, eggplant, leeks, onions, prunes, turnips, and winter squash.
It’s certainly exciting to see the flavor profile changing over the course of the year, but I can’t help feeling a little sorry to know that we’re already taking a break from peas until their 2nd harvest in September, and that we’re saying goodbye to rhubarb until next May, strawberries until next June, and cherries and raspberries until next July.
Lose strawberries and rhubarb – 2 of my favorite harbingers of the glorious moment when spring remembers summer – while adding prunes, leeks, and winter squash, and we’ve got a completely different flavor profile already. Did I take advantage of raspberries enough this year, I fret? Fortunately, produce doesn’t know what month it is. I already had beautiful field-grown eggplants from Yuno's Farm, and there will still be raspberries for the next fortnight at least – I have it on good authority.
And by the end of this month, the stone fruits will have come to their height, which I can’t wait for. Peaches will be even peachier, and prunes will be at their plummiest. As always, I hope the harvest calendar in the sidebar brings you inspiration as it does me. This calendar is a guide from the CENYC, which runs the Greenmarket & New Farmer Development Project. Happy August!