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Whether harvesting from your garden, shopping at a supermarket or buying from the local farmers' market, this book shows how to select fruits and vegetables when they are at their peak of freshness and flavor. It begins by defining exactly what "ripeness" means, to help determine when produce is ready to pick, eat or cook. Plants are divided into three groups, depending on whether they are grown in garden beds or raised beds, or are imported produce.

Supplemented by color photos, each listing includes a brief summary of the key factors to look for, and a chart of optimal planting and harvesting times. The book also includes helpful advice on related topics, such as food storage, setting up a root cellar and extending the growing season.

An excellent companion to the book All New Square Foot Gardening.

Softcover, 7 1/2" × 9", 2017.

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