You may be cursing the heat wave that's driven so many Bostonians in search of air conditioning, but your stomach may soon be saying thanks. This California-like weather makes for prime growing conditions, and has accelerated summer's harvest. That means you'll find more of your favorite fruits and veggies on sale for longer than usual this year.
According to Mass Farmers Markets, "We haven't had a stretch of weather like this since 2002. Warm season crops that rely on long periods of light and heat that drive photosynthesis love this weather. The effect on taste is noticeable, yielding more flavor with higher complex sugar levels and bringing on crops like summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers, early field tomatoes, peaches, apricots and plums."
What other local crops are ready in Boston this week?
- Sweet corn - so good you can eat it raw
- Blueberries - perfect for freezing in ziplock bags
- Raspberries - don't wash till just before eating
- Green and yellow string beans - delicious raw or lightly steamed
What's next to be harvested in the Boston area?