This just in — Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on local planting and harvest schedules with this wet and snowy spring.
By CINDY HOEDEL
Local farmers report everything will be two to three weeks later than normal this year.
This is important information for party planning (the first corn boil of summer and so forth) but more importantly if you want to do yourself and farmers a huge favor by buying great loads of local fruits and veggies at the peak of harvest so you can enjoy them not just for a few days but all year long.
To do this, of course, you have to plan to can. Or freeze, which is the easiest way to enjoy summer corn, tomatoes and peaches in the dead of winter.
A personal preservation calendar is essential so you can block out time on certain weekends to not only buy the season’s bounty when it is at its freshest and best, but have enough time to wash it and put it up, as our grandmothers used to say.
We asked Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio of Badseed Farmers Market to give us their best guess as to when some of our favorite crops for preserving will be peaking this year. Here are their best guess-timates:
• Strawberries — June 8th & 9th
• Pickling cucumbers — July 6th & 7th
• Corn — July 13th & 14th
• Peaches — July 20th & 21st
• Tomatoes — July 27th & 28th
Cindy Hoedel writes for The Kansas City Star Magazine, grows food on a half acre of land in the Flint Hills, bakes her own bread, makes killer dill pickles and sand hill plum jelly, and writes about sustainability.