Friday, July 1, 2011
The July Harvest Calendar
It's summer here.
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.
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!