Yes, you can have kids and a CSA, too

We moms get a lot of surprises in our lives. Everything from “projectile launch” by a kid with stomach flu on Christmas morning to trying to identify what the dog just ate from the scraps on the floor (a Christmas ornament, really?). Can we handle being ambushed by broccoli, too?

You bet! While the CSA, or community supported agriculture, box may hold a few new veggies for everyone, the fact is most fruits and veggies do have a certain season where they make their annual appearance. We’ve just lost track of it amidst the grapes from Chile in April and the tomatoes from Mexico in February. The seasonal guide from our book can help you plan ahead enough to give you some comfort factor — knowing things may vary a week or two depending on how soon spring is sprung each year.

Here is a basic list, not including many of the wonderful surprises a CSA can offer. Some surprises can be good! Look for the resources and links at the end of the list for further reading on CSAs!

Seasonal Calendar (not all items available in all areas! We don’t see too much “local citrus” in the Midwest for sure!)

Spring (March through May)

In-Season Produce

Alliums: scallions, leeks, garlic scapes, chives

Cole crops: broccoli, cauliflower

Greens: cabbages, chard, kale, spinach

Herbs: borage, chervil, lovage

Lettuces: leaf lettuce, mâche, miner’s lettuce, spring mix

Root vegetables: beets, radishes, turnips

Others: artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, peas and pea shoots, rhubarb, sorrel

 

Summer (June through August)

In-Season Produce

Alliums: garlic, onions

Beans: green beans, pole beans, field peas, lima beans

Berries: blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries

Cole crops: cabbages, collard greens, kohlrabi

Greens: amaranth, arugula, collards, mustard greens

Herbs: basil, cilantro, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley

Melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon

Peppers: bell peppers, hot peppers

Root vegetables: potatoes

Squashes: summer squash (yellow, zucchini, pattypan, and so on)

Stone fruits: apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums

Others: corn, eggplant, fennel, figs, okra, tomatillos, tomatoes, cucumbers

 

Fall (September through November)

In-Season Produce

Cole crops: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbages

Fruits: apples, grapes, pears, persimmons, pomegranates

Greens: kale, mustard greens, spinach

Herbs: rosemary, sage, savory, thyme

Nuts: chestnuts, hickory nuts, pecans, walnuts

Root vegetables: beets, carrots, horseradish, parsnips, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, turnips

Squashes: pumpkin, winter squash

 

Winter (December through February)

In-Season Produce

Though some farms may have greenhouses for production, with the exception of southern regions and areas with temperate climates, such as California, most growing seasons are over. In these warmer regions, the following are in season:

Fruit: grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges

Others: avocados, pistachios

Resources and Links:
Types of CSAs, More Than Just Veggies
Five Good Reasons to Support Local Family Farms with a CSA
Five Foods I Only Tried by Eating Local
Why I am Changing CSAs
Agriculture Policy and Food Safety
Agriculture Policy and Your Health
Recipes, Recipes, More Recipes

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