Thursday, July 25, 2024

Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month: Kale

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Winter is on its way, and though most school gardens are empty and put away for the season, one hearty vegetable is braving the cold, standing tall, and producing healthy food. Meet December’s harvest...

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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Cranberries are often overlooked in the kitchen because their tartness makes them hard to eat on their own. But with a little creativity (and some sugar), they can be delicious. They’re also a great...

Harvest of the Month: Tomatoes

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It’s the time of year — tomatoes of every size, shape, and color can be found on Martha’s Vineyard, from tiny yellow Sungold cherries to striped Green Zebras, to heirlooms the size of a...

Harvest of the Month: Summer Squash

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A common joke among farmers is: “Don’t leave your car unlocked in August. Someone might fill it with zucchini.” When summer squash is in season, it’s really in season. You won’t be able to...

Harvest of the Month: Herbs

Herbs are one of my favorite types of plants to grow and cook with. Just a small amount can completely change the taste of a dish, and there are so many different types, the...

Harvest of the Month: Seafood

As a child, I spent a lot of time with my dad on his oyster farm in Edgartown. I didn’t enjoy oysters as much as steamers or quahogs, but I slurped them down with...

Harvest of the Month: Legume Love

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Omnivores and vegetarians alike can agree: Dry beans are an excellent pantry staple. A cup of dried beans costs only a dollar or so; simply soak them overnight, cook for about an hour or...

Harvest of the Month: Kale

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This December we celebrate kale, a nutritional powerhouse in the kitchen and a stalwart in the garden. You can plant this green at any point during the growing season, and enjoy it through the...

Celebrate winter squash, November’s Harvest of the Month

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Show a picture of a pumpkin to almost any child, and they will be able to identify this round, orange fruit that is ubiquitous in fall. But if you ask a child if they’ve...

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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Growing up on the Cape, I remember riding the bus to school at this time of the year and watching the helicopters come to pick up the boxes and boxes of cranberries from our...

Harvest of the Month: Summer Squash

Here we are in the busiest, hottest part of the summer, when the garden is in its full glory. Lucky gardeners will find themselves with armfuls of juicy tomatoes, bunches of basil, baskets of...

Harvest of the Month: Green Beans

This July we celebrate green beans, a workhorse in the garden, as our Harvest of the Month. Bean seeds boast beautiful colors and patterns, sprout quickly, and in about two months you are rewarded with...

Harvest of the Month: Herbs

One of the easiest things we can grow in the garden, or simply in pots on a sunny windowsill, is herbs. This month we celebrate the flavorful plants as Island Grown School’s Harvest of...

Harvest of the Month: Salad Greens

Green is the color of late April, as the grass begins to grow and sprouts timidly poke through in the garden. Salad greens are one of the first things you can harvest from the...

Harvest of the Month: Eggs

There are small changes happening in the natural world around us that herald the return of spring. The buds are beginning to swell on the trees, shadows are getting longer as the light returns,...

Harvest of the Month: Pea shoots

Growing pea shoots on a sunny windowsill in February is the greatest antidote to chilly, snowy days. In defiance of the bitter cold, round little pea seeds send their white roots down into the...

Harvest of the Month: Whole grains give seeds a chance

In these colder months we turn to the pantry for our cooking inspiration: jars full of rice, barley, wheat berries, oats, and more. Whole grains are a great staple to use in baking bread,...

Harvest of the Month: Brassicas

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Winter gardens are still producing Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, and cabbages on Martha’s Vineyard.

Harvest of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potato and black bean salad is a taste of the Southwest.

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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October and November are the best times to use this sweet-tart native New England plant.