In Central Texas, it is possible to grow crops year-round, but unlike up North, lettuce and tomatoes do not naturally grow well at the same time. They are happier in the two contrasting seasons:"Cool" and "Hot".
Photo at right:Celery(green) & Celeriac (root), with Sweet Peas, March/April....
We subscribe to the theory that one should eat "in season," which means eating produce grown in its natural season, in the environment we share. In doing so, one consumes a great variety of produce over the year's time -- produce that is suitable for good health. Cooling squash, tomatoes and cucumbers help us get through the torrid summertime; kale and other heavy blood-thickening greens keep us going in the wintertime. Thus a person relegated to grocery store shopping should look for locally-grown food to avoid out-of-season varieties grown in another climate, far, far away. Coming from another hemisphere possibly, such food is travel-weary, bred for shipping, picked before its time, and thus void of the nutrients one would expect. Vitamins and supplements exist to partially correct the resulting mal-nourishment. Medicines help later.
Following is a seasonal list of crops grown at Boggy Creek Farm, during the two seasons . Not all crops are available in a given time period for a myriad of reasons--weather problems (floods, hail, drought, extreme heat, killing freezes --- Texas gets them all), obstinance on the part of the farmers, seed problems, pest problems, lack of time, too much demand chasing too few whatever, etc., but in general, this will serve as a guide for what you might expect to see when you come out to the Farm Stand. And of course, it is also a guide for determining what is in season and what is not. (Colorful Carrots at left)
Note: Within certain product categories, several varieties may be available. For instance, we grow five or six varieties each of eggplant, squash, and lettuce, and multiple varieties of onions, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. Fresh flowers are generally available March through October.
For actual availability of produce, sign up for the almost weekly News of the Farm, an email newsletter (with photos) which tells what's going on at the farm, and lists the crops currently being harvested.
Check out examples on News of the Farm:
SampleLetters. Heirloom Tomatoes (above)
Much produce is harvested very early in the morning before market, and on market day, we re-harvest continually to ensure fresh items on the tables. Especially in the Hot season, or on a very dry winter day, however, by late morning, quality will be compromised, so continual harvesting ceases.
Although we strive for abundance at the Farm Stand, it is always wise to act like a bird after a worm and arrive as early as possible on market day. You can pretty well be assured of filling your market basket with a great variety of vegetables, if you arrive in the first two hours. (Our market hours are 9-ish AM to 1 PM, Wednesday and Saturday, but if you have pressing engagements, you may come a bit earlier than 9 AM.) Fair warning: by Noon, many of your favorite worms may be gone!
June/July Tumbling Sugar Figs (above)
Salad Mixes, above....November through April....
Note: These items are not available every single month in the season....they come and go....
|Cool Season Offerings|
November through end of April:
Fall-Winter-Spring Lettuce Salad Mix
Fall-Winter-Spring Tender Greens Mix
Chicory Salad Mix
(escarole, radicchio, frisee)
(Brussels, mustard, collards, chard, turnip, kale, beet, etc)
Strawberries (April - mid May)
|Hot Season Offerings|
May to end of October:
Tomatoes (May - mid August)
Melons (July - August)
Sweet Corn (mid June)
Crimson Lamb's Quarters
Figs (June - July)
Hard Squash (July - November)
Pears (August - September)
(July, until supply is gone)