Stocking Up for the Gap Season

Here in NC, we are rapidly approaching the Gap Season, where summer crops are tapped out or on the way out and fall crops haven’t yet started producing much. How could that be??? Didn’t summer just start, like, yesterday? I love summer–even with the mosquitoes. I’m feeling a little sad about the gap, really. I feel like I have so much unfinished food business. I have tomato and eggplant and zucchini recipes to try, more tomato sauce to freeze, and I’ve only had okra a few times this summer. Still not sure how that happened.

Fortunately, the summer season tapers off gradually and I have a couple of weeks to get my act together before the gap. I’ll be stocking up on what I can this week and next. Mostly peaches, green beans, okra, tomatoes, summer squash and zucchini…any other suggestions? While I finish canning and freezing our summer bounty, I am excited about one thing. Football.

Fall means football, which also means stews and chilis and braised short ribs. It also means sweet potatoes and pumpkin and collard greens. If there is one thing I have realized on our journey (and trust me, there is more than one), it is that when you eat local, you genuinely appreciate the sweetness of each growing season and the importance of paying attention to what is available to you at any given time. I will miss fresh, ripe peaches, but not enough to buy their tasteless, black-hearted cousins at the grocery store. I do, however, have 18 half pints of peach butter and 4 quarts of peach halves that I will ration out over the next year, and that will be enough to sustain me until peach season comes again.

 

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8 responses

  1. Yeah for football! So glad it is back.
    “Gap” season has been here for awhile where I live – so hot and rainy for much growing.The growing season ends here at the end of July – beginning of August. This surprised me when I moved here. However, my freezer is full of the great products I recieved from my CSA during the season. Sounds like you have a few busy weeks ahead but you will have lots of delicious things to add to your football parties.

    • I think you are 2-3 weeks ahead of us in the growing season! Our farmers are glad that the weather has been so good. Looks like the fall crops might out perform spring this year! Just have to score some airline tickets to Denver to watch some live football 🙂

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