By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
I'm working on updating a manuscript set in the northwest wilderness of Independence, Missouri in 1845. The book begins in May, and as I was about to write my character eating an apple, it occurred to me that apples might not have been ripe for the picking at that time. My characters are traveling by covered wagon so it isn't as if they can go down into the cellar and pick out a jar of canned apples they might have preserved in the fall. Yes--apples are harvested in the fall!
Spinach May-June, Sept-Oct