Saturday, September 1, 2007
The September Harvest Calendar
September is finally here, and autumn - barring our requisite Indian summer - is right around the corner. This month is perhaps the most plentiful and abundant of the whole year. We still have plenty of time to enjoy berries, stone fruit, tomatoes, and melon, but the crops we usually count on cold storage to provide are all available fresh from the field for at least the next 2 months as well. A veritable embarrassment of riches.
In September, the dry bean, brussel sprout, grape, kale, lima bean, pear, pumpkin, and watermelon harvest all get into full swing, and we also have a another chance to enjoy the 2nd harvests of peas and raspberries.
But by the end of the month, there will probably have been enough chilly nights to end the radish harvest until next April and the cucumber harvest until next July. In the coming days, we also lose turnip greens until next May, blackberries until next July, and currants until next August. My advice is to make the most of those cucumbers and radishes, along with beet greens, blueberries, cantaloupes, peaches, plums, prunes, and scallions. This is their last month in season until next year.
As always, this information is available in the sidebar harvest calendar over there on the right all month. The information comes from a guide published by the CENYC, which runs the Greenmarket & New Farmer Development Project. 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 every couple of weeks. And I can’t emphasize enough how much I learn from the farmers themselves. So ask questions at the market – it’s the best way to find out which crops are not only available, but at their peak. To locate markets near you in the US, check the Zip or City Quick Search at Local Harvest.
Happy autumn, and happy September!