Eating in Season

Fruits and vegetables

The benefits of “Eating In Season” are truly substantial for several reasons! When produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive. It’s the basic law of supply and demand, and when crops are in season you’ll be rewarded financially by purchasing what’s growing now.

For most of us, the taste of the food we buy is every bit as important as the cost, if not more so. When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a hothouse or shipped in from other parts of the world, and both affect the taste. If possible, grow it and pick it yourself – you’ll know exactly what went into growing those vegetables and you can enjoy them at their peak the day they are harvested. If gardening isn’t your thing, visit a local farmers’ market weekly or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, some of whom even deliver the weekly harvest to convenient distribution locations.

While it might not always be possible to purchase your seasonal produce locally, the next best thing is to purchase what’s in season somewhere else – and hopefully not too very far away to minimize shipping time and subsequent damage.

So determine what’s in season right now and dig in. You’ll be rewarded with high quality produce, packed with nutrition, at a lower cost. And your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!

Be Green, Share Gold

There are many choices we make each day that influence the size of our carbon footprint, one major one being the food we buy and eat. One of the best ways to be environmentally conscious about the food you consume is to purchase produce that is in season. Not only will these products be cheaper and more flavorful but it is also a much more sustainable way of eating. This is due to the fact that seasonal vegetables don not need to travel as far distances to reach their markets and thus do not require as much fuel to transport. Moreover, out of season produce generally need chemical washes as well as wax coatings in order to preserve them over the course of their long travels to their destination markets. Thus, by eating seasonally, one reduces the need for these chemical processes and reduces their overall carbon footprint.

This handy guide shows…

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