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Discovering what’s in season now and planning your meals around those particular foods will help you in two major ways.
And the benefits don’t stop there! Read on to learn why you should be eating fruits and vegetables in season.
But first, get your own seasonal produce guide! Grab our free Guide to Picking Produce that includes the following lists: Seasonal Produce, Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen, and Most Common GMO Foods.
There are plenty of good reasons to eat the seasons.
- Fruits and vegetables in season are good for your health, good for your wallet, and good for the planet.
- Seasonal produce has been harvested during the peak of their crops and are indeed a treasure to behold. That is when they taste their best and are most nutritious. And are the most affordable!
- Now days you can find strawberries in winter, grapes in summer, and watermelon in the spring…but is that really a good thing? I honestly don’t think so.
- Winter season foods found in the produce department of your local grocery store during the summer months will for sure fall short of all your expectations. They will not only be lacking in taste, you will be paying more for them. And the same can be said for those summer season foods found in the winter.
- And remember, seasonal produce is most likely grown by local farmers, who really need us to support their livelihood.
Eat the seasons to save money…
- Following the seasons as you plan your meals helps to ease the burden on your wallet due to the decrease in your food mileage cost. Food miles include the cost of processing, packaging, and transportation.
- Purchasing veggies in season also adds up to to fewer gas emissions, since the veggies will not have to be transported as far.
- Fruits and vegetables that are not in season have likely been trucked in from miles away (which explains the higher cost), which means the fruits and vegetables have been harvested before their peak.
- And they were probably subjected to cold storage before being forced to ripen in a hot house.
- Not only will you find them to be somewhat tasteless, but they are not as nutritious either.
Get your own seasonal produce guide by signing up to get our free Guide to Picking Produce that includes the following lists: Seasonal Produce, Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen, and Most Common GMO Foods.
Beware of produce from outside of the country…
- Don’t be fooled by the fact that the produce is seasonal to them.
- It still has to travel way too far away to be in peak form.
- And they will likely have different regulations for pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides than we do and you may find that they are not as strict at regulating the use of these things as we are. Or as forthcoming with sharing the information.
- Also, the soil might be contaminated. Of course that is a problem here in the states too, which is another reason to avoid the dirty dozen and be aware of the clean fifteen. And keep in mind that they change from year to year, so be sure to stay updated.
Get your own Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists by signing up to get our free Guide to Picking Produce! It includes the following lists: Seasonal Produce List, Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen, and Most Common GMO Foods
Eat the seasons to stay healthy…
- Winter root vegetables are healthy, comforting and sustaining when used in soups and stews for cold weather dinners. Winter season food gives your body just what it is craving, foods to warm up with. And since winter vegetables are packed full of vitamins A and C you can rest assured that your immune system is getting the boost it needs to help keep you healthy.
- Going from Winter to Spring, you will want to make sure to enjoy the bitter greens so readily available. What a great way to detoxify your liver from the heavy, fatty foods of winter.
- In Summer, the stone fruits have extra beta carotenoids which help to protect you against sun damage. Plus, the fruits and vegetables of summer are lighter and easy to eat in summer salads on hot days when you don’t want to eat, let alone cook, hot foods. Also, the delicious, juicy fruits of summer help you to stay hydrated at a time when extra fluids are beneficial.
- Now in the Fall when apples are aplenty make sure to eat your fill. They are loaded with fiber and pectin and are an excellent way to help to clean out your intestines as they prepare for richer, heavier winter season food.
More ways to save…
- Once you’ve made the decision to buy seasonally, you might want to consider buying in bulk.
- If you buy in bulk what is plentiful, you can preserve it yourself by pickling, fermenting, or freezing.
- Then you will have your own steady supply of these delicious foods.
- And you will know where they came from and what is in them.
Get your own seasonal produce guide by signing up to get our free Guide to Picking Produce that includes the following lists: Seasonal Produce List, Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen, and Most Common GMO Foods
Eat The Seasons Challenge, should you decide to accept…
- Get the Seasonal Produce list here.
- Look it over to see what is in season right now.
- Plan your next week’s meals around the seasonal food that is currently available.
- Do this and you will easily incorporate more fresh produce into your meals while saving money.
- Now if you would please share with us on Facebook what seasonal produce you are using this week we would appreciate it!
- Once you complete the Eat The Seasons Challenge, please share this post and ask others to participate too. If we all start to eat seasonal foods the demand for local produce would lead to improvements in our food system.
We hope you have decided to eat the seasons, not only to save time and money, but also to improve your health, the taste of your produce, and support local farmers.
Don’t forget to grab our free Guide to Picking Produce that includes the following lists: Seasonal Produce List, Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen, and Most Common GMO Foods