I thought I knew when fruits and vegetables were in season. I eagerly anticipated the first asparagus of the spring. I know June is for strawberries, and August is for watermelons. Apple picking starts in September and the time to eat winter squash starts in October.
Therefore, I found it to be such a surprise when I started gardening and realized how much I still didn't know. Lettuce grows in spring and fall, yet tomatoes and cucumbers grow in the summer. How is it that my go-to salad consists of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers when they don't grow at the same time?
Now that I'm trying harder to eat things in season, this poses a bit of a dilemma. We've been making Caesar salads lately (and started using a yummy yogurt-based dressing), since they don't contain summer veggies. A friend of mine has salads featuring dried fruit and nuts. I've put a shade tent over my lettuce in the hope of keeping it from bolting before I can get some cucumbers. And then, later in the summer, my salads will be more like Greek village salads; without lettuce.
It's just a little thing, but when everything is available all year in the grocery store, you never really think about it.