What’s in Season, This Season?

October 12, 2010

I’ve made a lot of changes this past year, to improve my diet. It was always pretty good, but I knew it could be better. One of the improvements I’ve made is to start shopping at the farmers’ market. This is a great way to get fresh produce, while also supporting local farmers. And trust me, with food production become a corporate business, local farmers need all the support they can get.

Another common recommendation I hear for improving diet, and helping your wallet, is to only buy produce that is in season. But how do we know what is in season, when we live in a country where you can always find things like bananas and tomatoes in the stores, year round? Well I finally did a bit of research about this, and I made myself a spreadsheet about what is in season, when. An Excel spreadsheet, to be exact. (I know – nerd alert!) But I have found it to be really helpful. I printed it off, and have it hung on my refrigerator, where I can easily reference it whenever I’m making my shopping list.

Now if you don’t want to take the time to make your own list, there are a number of them online. Here are a few I found:

Of course, the best way to figure out what’s in season, is to buy your produce at a local farmers’ market. You won’t find things there that are off-season.

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Image Source: http://www.marketplacefoods.com/minot/mpfoods/produce.html

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