Even in their families, plants have different times of the growing season where their best parts are ready for harvesting. Besides being ready for harvest at different times, there is also a difference in duration of harvestability and how many times a plant can be harvested. From experience, the sheet below highlights knowledge gained from growing.
With grocery stores selling produce year-round from all over the world, it's easy to forget that there are windows of availability of the edible parts of plants. Living in a seasonal climate like Canada makes local fresh produce a challenge to provide sometimes. Some produce like apples, carrots, pears and potatoes can be chilled after harvest for use in Winter months and there are greenhouses that can grow cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet peppers year-round. But for the majority of produce, it's ready when it's ready during the growing season.
Most produce is grown for the Farm Shares clients. Subscribing into a Farm Share lets us know how much to plan to grow. But we do grow more on top of that. We don't have an on-farm store, but can take orders ahead of time. When the production from the gardens is overflowing, we will set a roadside stand where the laneway meets the road (actually it's a wagon stand). Please contact us to ask.
February: Seedlings are started indoors
April: Working on the ground starts, worked ground is covered with tarps
May: Planting starts, rhubarb is ready
Late-June: CSA/Farm Share Share pickups start
Late-September: Harvesting winter squash and root crops starts
Mid-October: Turkeys from CSA/Farm Share delivered
Late-October: Garlic is planted
Early-November: CSA/Farm Share pick-ups end
The crispness of the beginning of fall and the end of warm nights has signalled a change in what plants are growing. Some plants like cool weather, some only like the heat. Disease has also taken root and is working its way through related plants. What plants suffered from the extra winter and summer drought and how it stressed them has been shown in how they grew or didn't grow..