What products are in season: a guide to seasonal goods
Purchase products at peak freshness
When you buy products that are in season, you have a higher chance of getting them locally, says Melinda Price, co-owner of Canopy Gardens, a family-run farm in Antigo, Wisconsin, since 1995. “You are supporting a local vendor, a local economy and local agriculture,” she says. When you buy produce out of season, it is almost guaranteed to be from a different state and possibly a different country, creating a high carbon footprint. And “it simply doesn’t taste as good,” Price says.
Price’s family business specializes in hydroponic growing, meaning its plants grow in water and nutrient solution rather than soil. Canopy Gardens cultivates more than 7,800 plants in a 31,000-square-foot greenhouse, all herbicide- and pesticide-free. Price, along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, helped Madison Magazine put together a seasonal shopping guide to help navigate local farmers’ markets. Some items’ seasonality may extend longer or shorter depending on growing conditions.
March, April, May (Beginning of farmers’ market season)
Potted plants (for window gardens, like herbs and cherry tomatoes)
June, July, August (Height of farmers’ market season)
September, October, November (End of farmers’ market season)
These are great products that are harvested other times of the year and can be stored through winter.
Farmers’ market products available year-round
Canned products (like jams, jellies and salsas)
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