Monday, April 4, 2011
The April Harvest Calendar
Dogwood. And cherry blossom.
It must be spring.
This is the cool, green calm before the deluge of May.
Not much to eat yet, except for the old standbys. My talented friend Lucy told me this waiting period between the end of winter and the first harvest is known as The Hungry Gap.
You can feel the anticipation in the air though.
"Any rhubarb yet?"
The world seems to be generally unrumpling itself, shrugging off the cold and remembering how to play nicely.
For the most part anyway. I was speaking with a farmer about his burdock crop the other day. We'd never officially met before.
"Are you a food writer?" he asked.
"I'm Amanda," I extended a hand.
"Not Amanda Hesser."
"No, but I'm a big fan of hers."
"No. I was going to say, you aged really fast."
Here John. Here's a shot of your five damned bunches of wintered-over arugula.
Still, it's spring. And it's hard not to like a man that into growing burdock, even on his less charming days.
Mesclun and parsnips should be available within the next couple of weeks, and last year's shell beans, onions, potatoes, and apples are still available from cold storage. While we wait for the first field crops of the season to grow there are still greens from the tents to tide us over.
And so much more besides.
As always, crop 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. To locate markets near you in the US, check the Zip or City Quick Search at Local Harvest.
Happy spring and happy April!