Crop Calendars

One of the main features of this site is the list of crop calendars for each state. You can find this information at the top of this page. Simply scan the page for your state/region. More than likely, you already have a good idea of what grows at which time of year, but this resource will be great for you to print off and put on your refrigerator.

As you plan your meals to cook each week, you can turn to the crop calendar to see what is in season in your area.

One of the greatest things about cooking with the seasons is that when a crop is in season, it is typically sold at it’s cheapest price! If you think about it, it actually makes sense because the item is readily available, fresh and the cost doesn’t reflect a storehouse where the item had to sit for 4 months.

As an example of how to use the crop calendar, I live in Denver, Colorado and right now I have a lot of items to choose from. One of my favorites is yummy peaches that have a very short growing season (August – mid Sept). Luckily my local farmer’s market and grocery store have peaches for $1/lb. This is the time to go Peach Crazy!!

Buy as many peaches as you can! Cook them, freeze them and can them. This is the time of year when they are as fresh as fresh can be. So your choice is either stockpile them now, or buy them in a couple of months when they are mushy and overpriced.

Each week I will provide recipes for how to cook the crop of that season so that you can really take advantage of the peak season. Each region is a little different, but I will provide recipes that most of us will be able to use.

One Response to “Crop Calendars”

  1. Matthew Moore Says:

    I would love to see you expand your calendars to include planting times for those of us who want to start our own home gardens.

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