This is my ninth year planting my garden and I enjoy everyday of getting out there taking care of my garden. I love when it come to canning them. I enjoy looking at them in the jar. They look so pretty and I stack them in order so when I go to get something to cook I know where everything is. In order.
Just this morning my chiropractor talked about his favorite place to pick blueberries-- the only organic blueberry farm in the area. They are a small farm and don't spend the money to get certified, but they assure people they don't use pest sprays or manufactured fertilizers. And my C. swears they are bigger and tastier than anything he has ever tasted. A great testimony for all things good, local, with your own hand involved in someway, even if it's picking 15 pounds on a spring morning.
I love the writer's style and concur perfectly with her thinking. Totally inspiring, informative and easy to read.
6/15/2011 12:14:25 PM
This is a great article for people like me that have never been fruit and vegetable eaters because it tells you what is in season when. My husband and I were just discussing this morning that we had no clue what is in season when as we both fit in this category. However, my Publix pharmacist is working with me and wants me on an all natural or organic diet. Therefore, I needed to learn these things. Thank you for this article.
What a great article. I have a couple of suggestions. Buy tangerines. In most stores you can find them in bags. They are a great portable snack, easy to peel and taste great. Also, find a vegetable on sale that you've never had before and try it in a recipe. You may find a hidden winner for you.
Enjoyed completely, with fruits and vegetables coming in season, this article helps a lot. I have already started looking for recipes and where farmers' markets are in my area. Thanks for the good word.... Michele142
I think this is overall a great article and will help me as I am learning how to cook for the first time. One thing I wish it had mentioned, however, is to utilize your local farmer's markets, not just the grocery store. They definitely have fresh produce that is in season, plus it puts money back into your own community. Just a thought.
I think it's funny that this article both tells us to by in season and then also says to try tropical mangoes, which aren't really in season anywhere in the states. I'm pretty sure the mangoes in our grocery stores come from Mexico or somewhere else out of country. (Tho, I don't have anything against mangoes...in fact, I love them!)
I buy fresh fruits and veggies during season, when they are much cheaper, in bulk and freeze them to use during the cool months. You may have to parboil some, but not all. You won't have raw veggies, but they cook up quite well. I put about 1 c. of a veggie/fruit in one of the cheap, fold-over plastic bags and then put all little bags of the veggie/fruit in a large freezer bag which I label. That way, I only need to take out however much I need on any particular day. Of course, fresh, raw veggies and fruits are the best, but such things, with lots of flavor, aren't always available or are very expensive.
Start a garden! My mom has gotten me addicted to fresh fruits and veggies that she grows organically in her garden. She's got all the grandkids in the dirt and even started little gardens for my kids... She's going to help me start my own this year. Yum!
Nothing better than fresh summer fruit! Excellent article.
6/4/2010 11:29:29 AM
I wanted to state that the article mentions Apples for Summer foods. And in reality Apples are a Fall to Winter fruit, as they are harvested at peak in October. So Summer Apples will be water cored and mealy. But a Ocober Apple will is just delicious! I know this because my family has a 500 acre apple orchard in Washington State. Thanks ;o)
I subscribe to a newsletter called Eat the Seasons (there are US and UK/Europe versions) and they tell you what's in season and give recipe suggestions. I use this as a guide.
I buy a lot of my produce from the market, my fish from a fish monger, and my meat from the butcher. So I tend to know what's seasonal because that's usually reflected in the price. Things in season tend to be abundant and cheaper.
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