The term “Fifth Season” is used as a way to figuratively say we are adding another "season" of enjoying fresh produce by preserving the harvest it when it is most bountiful and consuming it in a season when it's not available.
Several of our Island farms deliver summer's abundance of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, picked that day, as fresh as it can get, to the school cafeteria. Then, a team of dedicated Farm to Cafeteria volunteers take a day or two in late summer to slice, dice, peel, process and freeze items such as blueberries, garlic, tomatoes, basil, tomatillos, peppers, beets, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, onions and beets so they may be used in school meals during the coming school year. Also received are beautiful apples, pears and potatoes that are put in cold storage or used right away.
Images above from Fifth Season 2015