Friday, July 1, 2011

The July Harvest Calendar



It's summer here.




Really, really.




The lavender harvest is at its height.




And there are summer flowers everywhere.




There is already barley. And winter wheat.




The herbs are suddenly more substantial.




As are the spring onions.




And the garlic.




There is summer squash, bursting with flavor.




And heirloom lemon pickles.




Great heaps of peas.




Whole walls of lettuce.




And my favorite string and wax beans have finally arrived.




Carrots too.




The radishes have a little more kick to them now.




And the strawberries, now in their last month, are jammy and fragrant.




The raspberries are ready too, as are the blueberries, collard greens, cucumbers and peppers.




There isn't an asparagus spear to be found - asparagus season is never long enough - but there are finally freshly dug potatoes, and in the next few weeks there will be corn and plums and apples. I had some spectacular tomatoes yesterday, and I even spied a small heap of peaches at the southwest corner of the market.




Crop notes are 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 familiarize yourself with what's in season where you live, I advise a visit to your own farmer's markets at least every couple of weeks. And ask lots of questions – no one knows which crops are at their peak quite like the people who grow them. To locate markets near you in the US, check the Zip or City Quick Search at Local Harvest.




Happy summer and happy July!


10 comments:

tribecachef said...

Another great round up. Happy 4th!

Sally said...

We never see currants here. What do you do with yours?

Gloria said...

Dear Amanda really love your July Harvest Calendar!! the pictures are amazing! remember me my last summer... (we are in winter now) send you huggs and have a nice weekend, take care, gloria

Barbara said...

amanda I do so love your harvest calendars. You have access to such a fabulous array of produce and flowers.i have never seen bunches of wheat and barley for sale here.

Peter said...

Impressive harvest calendar this month.

hdmi cable said...

July 's Harvest Fruit, Vegetable and Flowers are looking very gorgeous. All the Fruit, Vegetable and Flowers are gift of the Nature.

Farmgirl Susan said...

What glorious bounty! I'm suddenly starving. :) Stunning photos, as always. xoxo

Pille said...

Wonderful photos, Amanda! It'd be hard to choose the one which is most representative of summer :)

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

Looks like you guys are a good month ahead of us! Looks beautiful!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for another superb calendar!

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