Many consumers are accustomed to going to the grocery store and seeing the same foods in the produce section year-round. This does not reflect the seasons of a farm, which are dependent on changing temperature, sunlight, water and nutrients. In the early spring, you grow leafy greens, spinach, lettuces, radishes, peas and fava beans.
As the weather warms from May into June, green beans, green onions, broccoli and cabbage can be planted and harvested. High summer from July through September brings a bounty of cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, basil, turnips, beans and the star of the show, heirloom tomatoes. As the weather turns cooler, the farm switches back to lettuces and greens, more broccoli and cabbage, root vegetables and squash.
Kansas State University offers a four-page downloadable brochure that tells what’s in season in Kansas overall, when to plant and how much average yield to expect.
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