Seasonal Produce

Being someone that loves gardening and preserving food. I love to see what I can use in season. Many areas have local farms that you can buy from. Before the pandemic we had farmers markets. You could buy so many wonderful things, fresh breads, hand crafts and local produce. With our area moving to open up now over a year it will be wonderful to see the markets again

I started this year with a bunch of fresh asparagus from the local store. Had it steamed with lemon and butter.

My garden has given me rhubarb this May (I plan to make chutney with it). I have a currant bush loaded with berries and strawberries growing on the plants, the blueberries and grapes have flowers. Our plot in the community garden has pac choi, onions, lettuce and peas. We planted green beans but some non human ate them!

Photo by Kulbir from Pexels

In the months to come there will be fruit like plums, apples and peaches growing on my family trees.  I look forward to a bigger yard one day. 

Most months bring seasonal things I enjoy, because we are in a four season region we don’t get so much in our colder months from November to February without a greenhouse or cold frames. This is what grows in my part of the world. Early spring is from about late March to mid June. I like pac choi, asparagus, rhubarb, leaf lettuce, green onions and snap peas. Then summer is July to September and we start getting some wonderful fresh foods. cucumbers, zucchini, cherries, plums, and apricots. September to the end of the season, sometimes runs till late October. I like squashes  like spaghetti, pumpkin, and acorn as well as potatoes, onions, carrots, brussels sprouts and turnips. When winter hits I grow sprouts and sometimes start tomatoes and cucumbers in the house garden. I bring many of my herbs in to be about to eat fresh in the colder times.

With all I grow I still buy cases of things like tomatoes, hot peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries. I make spicy canned salsa. Last year I made spicy pickles and beans (we grew all the beans we canned). You can grow so many things in an 8’ by 8’ plot. I will need to see what I buy to use this year. Last September I went to my family’s home and was gifted with bags of apples. I brought over grapes and we canned them.

Taken by a family member of food we harvested late winter

As a teen my friends and I would go to old lots that had fruit growing and pick fresh food so it did not go to waste, late from late May to mid October we would be able to get berries, apples, pears, plums, We have wild salmonberries , huckleberries, blueberries, strawberries and my favorite blackberries, the wild ones have sharp thorns. I bring clippers as gloves as an adult but as a kid I would be covered in scratches from gathering them. I ate so much fruit and fresh foods growing up.

You can start buying local fruits from the fields. Despite growing my own fruits, I buy cases from the local farmers. Supporting local farmers is so key to building a good neighborhood

Taken by me, this is my pac choi mid May

If you are looking to find local farmers markets or growers you can look online, type in farmers markets or if you know the type of produse you want you can type in the name of the food and farms near me. Not every area has this kind of thing or the internet to find them. There are many experiences all over the world.

What do you enjoy eating and buying fresh from your area? Have you been to outdoor markets or gone to the felids to pick your own food? Would love to read some of your ideas for preparing seasonal produce.

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