Seasonal Calendar

Since I haven’t been quite as busy as usual with the harvest due to this summer’s cool weather I’ve been thinking ahead.  I’ve created a seasonal calendar so that I don’t miss things like blackberries this year!  I hope you find this helpful, or at least entertaining.  This is the rhythm that I follow as I try to eat seasonally from the fruits of mostly my own efforts and those of like-minded local farmers.

January

  • Preserve lemons
  • Make lemon, orange and lime marmalade and freeze cubes of juice for summer jams
  • Start seed lists
  • Order seeds!

February

  • Start tomatoes and cole crops indoors
  • Start new cover crops and chicken forage in garden
  • Make onion jam
  • Make applesauce and apple jelly with any apples starting to dry out

March

  • Make enough soap and lotion to last through summer
  • Take inventory of canned and frozen goods
  • Host spring barter
  • Make IPA
  • Equinox!
  • Get new chicks
  • Start potatoes, peas, claytonia, sorrel, purslane, arugula, raab, spring lettuces outside

April

  • Pickle or ferment asparagus
  • Make rhubarb jam
  • Freeze rhubarb juice for summer soda
  • Move tomato starts outside under protection
  • Start carrots, parsnips, radishes, dill, cilantro outside
  • Fertilize flowering strawberries
  • Hill potatoes

May

  • May Day!
  • Start squashes, beans and corn
  • Dehydrate spring herbs and tea leaves
  • Make herbal extracts
  • Order lamb, pig and cow
  • Pickup first chicken package
  • Buy tuna from St. Jude
  • Start mushrooms

June

  • Make strawberry jam and dehydrate strawberries
  • Pickle ginger shoots
  • School out!
  • Pickle or freeze peas
  • Make raspberry jam and freeze berries
  • Celebrate solstice!
  • Start winter crops in trays
  • Pickle and ferment beets
  • Buy salmon

July

  • Take out pea vines and feed to goats
  • Dry mustard seeds
  • Pickle and ferment remaining spring carrots, drench beds with beneficial nematodes and start winter carrots
  • Make crab apple pectin
  • Make applesauce from early apples (ginger gold, king or lodi)
  • Dehydrate and can cherries
  • Can peaches and peach salsa, dehydrate apricots and make preserves
  • Beach trip!
  • Direct sow remaining winter crops
  • Braid garlic, dry onions, harvest early potatoes
  • Dry mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile, Echinacea, elderberry and jasmine flowers and raspberry leaves for winter teas

August

  • Forage for elderberries and sumac, make syrup
  • Make zucchini relish, bread and butter pickles and kosher dills
  • Can, ferment or freeze eating beans, dry shelling beans
  • Freeze or dehydrate blueberries
  • Harvest late potatoes and peppercorns
  • Can or dehydrate tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketsup and ferment salsa
  • Go blackberry picking and make blackberry jam or syrup
  • Make plum jam and dehydrate plums
  • Plant turnips, rutabagas and cover crops or chicken forage
  • Pickup last chicken package from farmer
  • Pickup lamb

September

  • School Starts!
  • Dehydrate hardy ginger blossoms
  • Ferment or can pickled or roasted peppers, red chile sauce, hot sauce and fermented green tomato enchilada sauce.
  • Make beet and carrot kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchee
  • Take out zucchini, beans and tomatoes plants
  • Store winter squash, potatoes, onions and garlic in garage
  • Amend strawberry bed and cut down fruited raspberry canes, compost and fertilize
  • Make apple cider
  • Can grape juice and dehydrate grapes
  • Make kiwi jam and dehydrate kiwis
  • Dry and store almonds and hazelnuts
  • Press sunflower oil or dry flower heads to save seeds
  • Order olives for fermenting
  • Make elderberry syrup
  • Equinox!
  • Pickup pig and cow
  • Make and can bone broth
  • Stuff sausages
  • Cure bacon, ham and prosciutto
  • Smoke butt and other cuts
  • Render lard
  • Make cheese!
  • Smoke feta and chipotles
  • Attend fall barter fair

October

  • Cure olives
  • Make winter soap and lotion
  • Make beeswax candles
  • Forage for rose hips, make rose hip jam and honey
  • Mulch strawberries
  • Plant new fruit trees and vines
  • Store apples and pears in garage
  • Start Christmas Beer
  • Make chow chow
  • Make mustard
  • Plant crocus for saffron, garlic, shallots and onions
  • Make apple butter
  • Move red wiggler worms inside
  • Start indoor meal worms for winter chicken feed

November

  • St. Martin’s Day – eat goose!
  • Roast, puree and freeze winter squashes
  • Make pumpkin butter
  • Prepare Thanksgiving Feast
  • Make gingerbread houses
  • Make Christmas gifts
  • Host Jul Gift Barter
  • Forage for medlar, make paste or jam

December

  • Go Caroling!
  • Grandma arrives for two weeks – visit Santa, Candy Cane Lane, decorate tree, make cookies and candies
  • Bake Lucia Bullar and celebrate Santa Lucia
  • Solstice!
  • Prepare Jul foods ahead of time:  pickle salmon, make meatballs, prepare Johanson’s frestelse, make crackers and bread
  • Midnight mass
  • Glad Jul!  12 days of Christmas begin.
  • Enjoy, knit, quilt, read the rest of winter away

20 Responses to Seasonal Calendar

  1. Annette – you are a wonder.

  2. You certainly cram a lot more into each month than I try to achieve! I have a regular rhythm and pace to the calendar year too though and see lots of parallels in yours to mine. I like that you have the important milestones in there… solstice (as a gardener this is incredibly important!), school starting and stopping, and significant holidays!

  3. I notice you have gift bartering… let me know when this is and I will bring my bead jewelry for trading.

  4. You do more in a month than I’ll do in a lifetime….wow!
    Jana

  5. That is an amazing list! I am lost without my to do list, but yours is very inspiring!

  6. What a great idea! I think I may have to do the same thing one of these days.

  7. Great idea Annette! I need to do this to. I’ll likely never do all that you do…but this is a great starting point to add/subtract the things I do.
    I’m glad we are in the same area…. you do a lot of thinking & planning for me =)

    Oh! And where are you picking blueberries?

  8. I love it, this is great!

  9. This is a great list! Will you be posting info on how to attend the fall barter fair in September? :)

  10. We are making carrot wine today, so a post about that is coming up soon. But next week, I promise, I will get to sharing more about the coffee wine! And we have no idea if it tastes good. But we saw a recipe and wanted to try it. It smelled good with all the sugar in it….

  11. Miss Annette, I need to make my list and keep it up to date. In fact making a list is on my list…how sad.

    I have no idea what some of the things on your list are and others I will have to ask you about later!

    We also have rabbits and goats and are planning on adding ducks even though we have chickens already. just different fowl. Very exciting! With fair taking up all of our time last week and this week this is definitely inspiring!

    Your amazing :)

  12. We also homeschool do you homeschool too? Sometimes I wonder how I can ever doall this stuff but it works on paper!… and it works If I do work it lol :)

    Teri @ Sustainability: How sustainable can we be?

  13. Quite the calender! Although we only live about an hour north (Stanwood) funny that we run about a month behind you. I can’t put anything in the ground till May or it frost kills…

  14. Good heavens, you’re a busy girl this month!!!!!

    I’m going to keep this list….somewhere. Hmm.

  15. Thanks everyone! I’m glad I made this because last year I missed some important dates and this year already missed ordering the cow and they are sold out now. It’s good to have a list!

    I will be posting the information on the SURFCO (Seattle Urban Farming Coop) fall barter on here when we schedule it but would love to see some crafts this year!

    Meg I have been looking at farmland along the Snohomish and there are some lovely established blueberries on one particular piece of it.

    Teri, I had dreams of homeschooling until I had my oldest. I love him to pieces but he is a tough nut and does best with an external authority figure. It’s really best for the entire family unit this way. I still have my dream that he will mellow out and we’ll buy some rural property and then everything will come together…but at this point it’s still just a dream.

  16. What an amazing list! But I bet for March and September you meant “Equinox” and not “Solstice.” :-)

  17. Wow! I wish someone out my way would come up with a list like this. I live in NY so I think our growing seasons are quite a bit different. I don’t think there is such a thing as “winter crops” around here. Maybe potatoes? Unless you have a heated greenhouse of course. If I put my tomatoes out in April I might have to shovel through the snow to get to the dirt :) If anyone knows of some real food blogs in the northeast please let me know!

  18. Elaine as I was typing I knew it was wrong but couldn’t remember what you called the other two – thanks!
    Mama2Joel if Elliot Coleman can grow crops in Maine in the winter in an unheated hoop house I bet you can too. You should check out the Four Season Harvest book he wrote. I think he has a blog or website too since he is now selling produce from his farm in Harborside, Maine.

  19. Wow! This is so inspiring. I am so impressed to produce so much in a city.

  20. Love this list Annette! I’ll have to do the same thing :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


6 × = forty eight

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>