What’s in season? I was sitting at the market, drinking my latte and devouring my delicious pain au chocolate, when two nice women joined me at the table. We were discussing the market, and how nice it is to shop there.
One of the women told me she wanted to buy brussel sprouts. Yes, brussel sprouts in June. It surprised me, that she was at least 50 years old, had been shopping at the market for years, and had no idea about seasonality. I guess that’s one of the troubles with a market that has both vendors and producers. Some people can’t tell the difference between what comes from half way around the world, versus what is grown in our own back yard. Of course it is even more complicated with hoop houses extending the growing season, which may confuse people even more (for example, the baby beets I bought were grown in a hoop house).
I wish I had a copy of the chart with me on Saturday, to give out as needed. And yes, I did her a favor and kindly explained that she wouldn’t find brussel sprouts in June, and even if she did see them there, she should simply wait until the fall, when they are really available.