This is a subject that we as Americans in 2018 know little or nothing about. I can drive to Safeway today (January 23rd in the Pacific Northwest) and find a perfect (looking) red tomato.
Supermarkets boast that they can give us any food we want at any time of the year. Well, if you can afford it, they can, but as a result of this kind of thinking, most of us have completely lost touch with eating seasonally.
- As a farmer and gardener, I am impatient for those first tender greens of spring, lettuce, dandelion greens, spinach, asparagus, baby beets. (cleansing foods)
- Late spring brings such delights to our taste buds as strawberries, peas, and baby carrots.
- At the peak of summer those heat loving plants start giving us sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, and beans. And then so many tomatoes that it forces you to learn how to preserve them. (cooling foods that give strength)
- With the cool nights of fall, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks, potatoes, winter squash and even sweeter carrots than before, to make all those comfort foods that warm you.
- Late fall brings all those vegetables you’ll need to squirrel away for the long winter, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Parsnips, and pumpkins. (foods that provide that inner heat)
Where we live here on Dahlin Farm, our growing season is frost-free for about 90 days. We try to extend that a little with row covers, hoop-houses, and a green-house.
We are limited though, and so we have prepared a “Harvest Chart” that states what crops we expect to harvest at what time, and about how many weeks that harvest will continue. With multiple plantings, we get fresh crops to continue as long as possible.
We’d love to give you a copy of that chart, harvest chart2018
Farming is a craft – not a fad that will pass away, and together with our members, we are a community of sustainers that will regain this heritage and keep this Way of Life alive for our children.
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