Summer’s Bounty

U-pick Tomatoes, Yum!

U-pick Tomatoes, Yum!

There’s no better time than summer to enjoy locally harvested fruits and vegetables. We’ve lived a lot of places that have farmer’s markets and CSA shares year round, but Northern Nevada is not one of them. Our growing season is relatively short, from June to September, so we’re trying to make the most of the delicious produce that is coming our way.

We’ve had wonderful experiences with CSA’s over the years. You receive a box of fresh, local produce on a schedule. Not only do they ensure you are eating foods in season, but they encourage you to think outside the box and try new things (kohlrabi, any one?). The best way to find a good one is to ask around your community, or search LocalHarvest.

Farmer’s Markets are so prevalent it seems hard to find a town that doesn’t have one these days. They are fun to visit and your patronage helps support local farms, but you do pay a premium for whatever finds its way into your basket. The USDA keeps up a pretty good list of Farmer’s Markets around the US.

If you have the inclination, nothing is greener than having your own garden. Whether you have a few standing pots full of tomatoes, a raised bed with a few plants or a large plot, you’ll get to enjoy fresh vegetables without leaving the house. If you don’t have room for one, you can find a community garden to dig around in.

Are you into locally harvested fruits and vegetables? Do you grow them yourself or frequent a farmer’s market? What’s your favorite source?

Comments

  1. I’m a believer in growing your own, if possible, for all the reasons you mentioned. Plus I enjoy it and so do my kids. We have a couple of options for CSAs where I live, even though our growing season is also short, but I haven’t tried it yet.

  2. Coriander says:

    For the past few years we have purchased a choice-style CSA share from a local farmer who grows 95% of his produce organically. It’s a wonderful value for the money, the freshest local produce available, and we even split the driving with friends, with whom we share the very large vegetable share. Our family eats far more variety and volume of vegetables than we used to, and we are able to get spring, summer, and fall shares, which span about 38 weeks of the year sequentially.

  3. jj, I agree that growing your own is great, if possible. We’re lucky enough to have relatives with a garden big enough to share, but I’d like to have a garden at home someday.

    We have loved our CSA shares over the years, and I think it’s amazing that you can find CSA farms nearby no matter where you live!

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