Why Eat Seasonally & Locally?


Farmer's Market - Vegetables

Eat Well.  Save Money.

It’s August, which means from artichokes to zucchini your local farmers’ market is overflowing with ripe, in-season produce.  See why eating local, seasonal fruits and veggies will not only light up your table – it will help trim your budget too!

It Tastes Better

Seasonal food is significantly tastier than food grown out-of-season in colder months – greenhouse or notThe flavors of in season fruits and veggies are stronger, more complex – the way nature intended!   Plus there are many more varieties to choose from.  We’ve gotten so used to eating produce out-of-season, we forget how different and absolutely delicious in season food can taste.  –I dare you to eat a salad made with freshly picked arugula – skip the dressing anyone?

It Saves Money

A simple fact -  food is easier to grow in its proper season.  Crops are more abundant and farmers can work less time on achieving results – making it more affordable for the consumer. When there is a big crop to sell, you’ll see cheaper prices and specials – take advantage of it!

It’s Healthier for You

When fruits and veggies are grown under the appropriate conditions and in their natural season, studies have shown that many crops can have up to three times more vitamins and minerals. Seasonal produce tends not to be as mass produced – with local farmers often growing crops in higher quality soil and using less chemicals.   Seasonal produce also does not have to be shipped such long distances (which means losing vital nutrients over travel time).

It Reduces Our Carbon Footprint

Because local, in season produce travels a much shorter distance to reach its market, less fuel is needed to get it to its final destination.  Furthermore, out-of-season fruits and veggies often undergo chemical washes and wax coatings to help keep them from ripening during their journey.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that fresh from the farm is better for the environment – and you!

In Season Right Now!

Check out Eattheseasons.com to find out more about your favorite foods and what’s in season each month of the year.

Here’s August’s top in season picks -  get ready to feast!

Fruits & Veggies

Artichoke, arugula, beets, beet greens, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, garlic, kohlrabi, peas, radishes, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, zucchini apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, lemons, limes, melon, mulberries, nectarines, passion fruit, peaches, plums, tomatoes.

Meat & Poultry

Duck & Lamb

Seafood

Lobster

Enjoy a few of our favorite Fab & Fru summer recipes and entertaining ideas!

 

 

 

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