A quick guide to seasonal eating in the great north.
SPRING: May & June
Spring is all about the greens! Expect plenty of spinach, salad mix, arugula, and bunched greens like kale and rainbow swiss chard. Also around are salad radishes and turnips, bok choi, and broccoli raab (rapini), sugar snap peas and cukes. Towards the end of June we should be welcoming scallions, garlic scapes, and the first basil to our tables!
Here comes the avalanche of produce! Expect sugar snap peas, broccolini, summer onions, fresh cabbages, radicchio, salad mix, herbs and cukes to be cranking. Say hello to tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, rainbow carrot and beet bunches, and fresh garlic. Fresh snap beans will replace sugar snap peas around August. In the heat of August we will say goodbye to some of our cooler season standbys, like spinach, arugula, and fresh radishes. You should absolutely be eating at least one tomato a day August- September.
FALL: October & November
The cool nights of fall bring with them a change of flavor! Cauliflower comes out to play, joined by brussels sprouts in November. Expect plenty of salad and bunching greens, radicchio, radishes, turnips, rutabega, crisp fall cabbage the reappearance of spinach and arugula. Carrots and beets will be especially sweet and delicious this time of year. Fall frosts will force us to say goodbye to many of our summer favorites (like tomatoes & peppers), but all good things must come to an end.
Storage crops are the name of the game during the shortest days of the year! We’ll have spent days and weeks bringing in the fall harvest during October & November- washing, sorting, and storing it so we can keep you fed all winter. Expect plenty of carrots, beets, cabbage, rutabega, daikon radish, garlic and dry herb bunches. There will be a limited amount of salad greens, arugula, spinach, and radicchio. If I grew potatoes, winter squash, and onions there would be lots of those too. But I don’t. I buy them from other great farmers. Stay cozy and dream about all the tomatoes you’re going to eat in July!