“To be interested in the changing seasons
is a happier state of mind
than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
A Grain A Day defines seasonal eating as, “eating what nature provides, when she provides it.” I am a firm believer in eating seasonal produce and only buy and eat produce that is now in harvest. By eating seasonal produce, I help to lower environmental damages caused by transporting food thousands of miles across the land, trying to get consumers tomatoes and peaches in December.
I also believe in shopping for my produce at my local farmers market. Farmers markets are local “markets” usually set up in a parking lot or public street where local farmers can sell their produce. This idea has been around for centuries and is practiced all over the globe. By shopping locally, my money goes directly to the farmer and I am guaranteed to get the freshest seasonal produce available. Seasonal produce is unprocessed and therefore provide great health benefits. Another added bonus is that the produce really tastes a lot better than what you generally get at the grocery store!
Sometimes it is difficult to adhere to these ideas but over time, you will get used to it. I have learned that I can alter a recipe to include what produce I have available and it gives me a chance to explore my creativity in the kitchen!
Look for your local farmers market by entering your zip code on the Local Harvest website. The Eat Well Guide website provides an interactive map where you click on your state and it will give you a list of produce that is in season either by month or season. I urge you to try seasonal eating so bring your reusable bags to your nearest farmers market and get shopping… you just might find that you like it!
“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest
is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,
preserved our landscape, and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.”