Enjoying the Washington Area’s Local Harvest
The official start of summer is next week, but mentally most of us have already flipped the switch. We have already been treated to the glory of spring blooms and already some of those blooms are beginning to yield their
fruit. This a list of some of the produce that’s available locally in the month of June.
We city dwellers have the luxury of several options in terms of sating our appetite for the fresh locally-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs of the season. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the flavor, freshness and health of locally grown produce.
1) Grow your own in your yard—even in a very small yard you can grow herbs and vegetables that will feed you for a good part of the summer.
2) Get a plot in a local Community Garden. Here are two lists of the community gardens in Washington, D.C. Or this one. Some of these plots are available through the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.
3) Go to one the local area farmer’s markets. Here is an interactive map to show you the more than 160 farmers markets in the Washington metro area, some of which are open year round.
4) Join a Maryland, DC or VA based CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). You can go here to see an interactive map of the nearly 70 farms in the area that provide CSAs services and their drop off points.
With a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture, a person commits to buying a share of a farmers produce for the entire season. You usually have to sign up sometime between January and March, pay the farmer up front, and in return you pick up at a local drop off point a weekly basket of the farmer’s seasonal harvest.
Whether your food is from your farm or someone else’s, there is lots of opportunity for you to enjoy the healthy and rich variety of locally grown produce available now and for the next four or five months.