Thursday, November 10, 2011

The November Harvest Calendar

It feels as though we're standing at the edge of winter now. The harvest is almost done for the year - we're already starting to draw off cold storage for many of my favorite fall crops.

I love the scent of autumn, though really what is it other than the smell of decay? But there's still a mineral freshness to be found. Newly dug carrots.


And a leafy crunch still to be found in cabbages.

And Brussels sprouts.

Even now there are still good grapes to be had.

The Romanesco is stunning.

The fennel too.

And the cauliflower, which roasts into a beautiful soup.

Other crops fresh from the field this month include shell beans, broccoli, collard greens, mesclun & parsnips. And the cold storage crops, apples, leeks, onions, pears, potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash & turnips are still new and full of flavor.

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.

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