Blink and You Miss Them: How Do You Keep Track of Short-Season Foods?

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Chalk it up to supermarket (rather than greenmarket) shopping, but I have a hard time remembering when some of my favorite short-season foods are plentiful. A week or two without visiting the farmers' market, and produce like ramps have come and gone. I'm almost to the point of setting up calendar alerts to keep me current. How do you remember when your short-season foods will be available?

For me, it all starts with frequent trips to the farmers' market. However, if I go late in the day and I'm not actively looking for a particular food, I can miss out. Keeping up on food blogs and recipe sections in newspapers and magazines helps, but I still sometimes miss out on favorites.

How do you make sure you don't miss out?

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