But the Boss Is Already There

I’m so over January I’m skipping straight to May. If I learn a little more about what fruits and vegetables ripen when, I can develop a less exhausting jarring cycle.

Apples July 15 Sept. 1 – Oct. 25 Oct. 31
Blackberries July 10 July 15 – July 30 Aug. 10
Blueberries June 20 July 5 – Aug. 10 Aug. 15
Cherries June 10 June 10 – June 25 June 25
Cranberries Sept. 20 Oct. 1 – Nov. 1 Nov. 10
Grapes Aug. 25 Sept. 10 – Sept. 20 Sept. 30
Peaches, Nectarines July 5 July 20 – Sept. 1 Sept. 15
Pears Aug. 1 Aug 10. – Aug 31 Sept. 10
Plums July 1 July 15 – Aug. 15 Sept. 1
Red Raspberries
Traditional July 1 July 5 – July 21 Aug. 1
Fall Bearing** Aug. 15 Sept. 1 – Sept 20 Oct. 15
Strawberries May 20 June 1 – June 10 June 25

Last year, I did nothing at all with strawberries, but I’d like to be ready with recipes when strawberries are at their best. Last year, after about a month of shopping on Friday, prepping on Saturdays and jarring on Sundays and Mondays, I lost focus a bit. I was buying the best produce on Fridays, choosing recipes on Saturdays and shopping on Sundays for other ingredients. Better planning for dried herbs and spices, sugars, salts, pickling spices, vinegars, oils and jars would help a lot. You would not believe how stressful it is to run out of raisins mid-recipe for no goddamn reason.

A good plan, a stocked pantry and a little help would make a big difference

Asparagus Apr. 23 May 1 – May 30 June 25
Beets June 1 July 1 – Oct. 31 Nov. 30
Broccoli June 20 July 1 – Oct. 31 Nov. 1
Cabbage June 1 June 10 – Oct. 31 Nov. 15
Cauliflower Sept. 1 Oct. 5 – Nov. 20 Dec. 5
Collards May 15 Aug. 20 – Oct. 31 Nov. 20
Cucumbers June 25 July 5 – Aug. 15 Sept. 15
Eggplant** July 10 July 20 – Sept. 30 Oct. 15
Lettuce
Late Spring May 15 May 20 – July 15 Aug. 31
Early Fall Sept. 1 Sept 15. – Nov. 15 Nov. 30
Lima Beans July 10 July 15 – Aug. 31 Oct. 31
Okra** July 15 Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 Oct. 15
Onions June 25 June 25 – July 31 Sept. 30
Peas May 20 June 15 – June 25 July 5
Peppers July 5 July 15 – Oct. 31 Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 July 20 – Sept. 30 Oct. 15
Pumpkins Sept. 15 Oct. 1 – Oct. 15 Oct. 31
Snap Beans June 10 June 20 – July 20 Aug. 31
Squash June 15 June 25 – Sept. 1 Sept. 30
Spinach April 15 May 5 – June 25 June 30
Sweet Corn July 1 July 5 – Aug. 31 Sept. 25
Tomatoes** July 5 July 10 – Sept. 15 Oct. 15

Pete gave me a pressure canner for Christmas. This opens up a whole new field of study. We will be jarring stocks soon to learn how to use the pressure canner, which will be important when it comes to preserving pumpkin. I love pumpkin. At any moment, I could need a pumpkin custard and I will be READY.

This would be so much easier if I could call up Dad and ask him questions well into our next lives.

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One response to “But the Boss Is Already There

  1. Pumpkin is also awesome for any tummy upset for the cats (and dogs). It’s good when things don’t want to come out, and it’s good when too much is coming out. Pumpkin is just awesome.

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