from the farm: what’s in season now?


It’s been glorious to finally get a bit of a real Northern California winter – cool, misty mornings and soaking rains, interspersed with enough sunny days to turn the hillsides and mosses a bright, fresh green.

the girl & the fig‘s farm project has closed up shop for the winter, cover crops and compost piles are working their off-season magic, rejuvenating the soil for the coming season’s crops.  We do keep a few cool-season rows planted, brassicas and carrots in particular thrive this time of year, and there are always fresh perennial herbs in the beds just behind the restaurant.

We rely on our local farmers this time of year for the greater bulk of our produce needs.  And fortunately there is still a plethora of seasonal fruits and vegetables available during the winter months.

Here’s what you can expect to find from your local growers this time of year:

December & January Produce Sonoma County

  • Arugula
  • Asian Greens
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chervil
  • Chesnuts
  • Chicories
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Escarole
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Lettuces
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard
  • Oranges
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Quince
  • Radicchio
  • Radish
  • Rosemary
  • Spinach
  • Thyme
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

What a bounty!

This week, Chef John is turning gorgeous winter vegetables into batches of Kimchi – a chicory kimchi (with chicory from County Line Harvest), a European-style, kimchi-inspired kraut,  one traditional kimchi recipe, and one experimental creation made from shredded Brussels sprouts.  Look for those on our menus in the coming weeks!

Happy winter from the farm!!

3 Comments on “from the farm: what’s in season now?
    • Hi Ron – thanks for writing! Broccoli of all assortments will begin in early spring for us here in Sonoma…usually our first plantings are in Feb or March, and harvest April – June (until the heat sets in). Often we’ll do a fall crop as well…plant in September or October for a late harvest Dec. – Jan. (although we didn’t plant a second crop this time around; you’ll probably still find them in local farmers’ markets right now).

      Our spring seeds just arrived in the mail – we’re already looking forward to getting started again!

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