Find local organic produce at Local Harvest. This website will connect you with farmer’s markets, family farms, co-op’s, and other sources of organically grown food in your area. This is also a great resource to work in to a family trip.
You may also like a site called Pick Your Own, which helps you find an orchard near you and has a crop calendar telling you what produce is available to pick at what time of the year.
Ready to start your own organic garden this year? Here are a few tips…
Save money and eat healthier with an edible garden. According to “The Family Kitchen Garden: How to Plant, Grow and Cook Together,” by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner and Annette Wendlund (Timber Press, 2009) Here are the easiest plants to grow:
Artichokes, Arugula, French Beans, Beets, Chard, Zucchini, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leaf Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Pumpkins, Radishes, and Squashes.
Here are the fastest from seed:
Radishes (four to six weeks)
Leaf Lettuce (six weeks)
Arugula (four to eight weeks)
Spinach (eight to 14 weeks)
Early Potatoes (10 weeks)
Pumpkins (10 to 14 weeks)
Carrots (10 to 16 weeks)
Zucchini (10 to 14 weeks)
Beets (11 weeks)
Head Lettuce (12 weeks)
Tomatoes (16 weeks)