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  • Nothing better than fresh summer fruit! Excellent article.
    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.
    We are on our 3rd year of planting our garden. Each year we have turned more of the backyard into garden space. We have pototoes, tomatoes, cilantro, dill, serrano and bell peppers, strawberries, peas, onions and pickling cucumbers. I make dill pickles and salsa from fresh home grown produce. I find the produce in the markets can't compete with the flavor of my homegrown vegetables and fruit.
    Our family has subscribed to a local CSA for this season and I can't wait to receive our first basket in a few weeks. I am a little bit unsure what I will do with lots of early season greens since I can't eat them once they are cooked ( I gag-literally) but I am guessing that there are ways to put them in soups and lots of yummy salads. Food always tastes better when it is fresh and local.
    I've found that belonging to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group is the easiest way to get fresh local food and get introduced to new veggies I might not choose in the store. Every other week I get a box of locally grown produce supplemented in the winter with organic items from as close by as possible. It has been amazing to me how tasty, moist, and quick-cooking truly fresh food can be. It also helps support local farms, motivates the farmers to try new things, learn ways to store their harvests, and keep the land in agriculture rather than lose it forever under tract houses and parking lots.
  • I love to use fresh produce in the summer. I am even considering a small garden of my own this year. As I was reading the article, I thought, what about winter time. Then along came this idea.
    "Keep in mind the principle that foods which take longer to grow are generally more sustaining than foods that grow quickly"
    This is new to me and I am glad to know. Another supportive idea for a winter of soups like I just did.
  • If this article strikes a chord with you, be sure to read Barbara Kingsolver's novel, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It's main focus is about eating local and/or trying to grow what you need. Her family did their best to live off the land for 1 year, and it's a really interesting book!
    I love to "grow my own" and buy local whenever possible. But I live in New England - short growing season and longish winters - so have to import fruit and veg for 6 months of the year or so.

    I can local produce, too, when it is fresh, so that I can enjoy it in the winter.
  • If you don't have the time, inclination or space to grow your own - check out the local farmers market or a CSA (consumer supported agriculture) program.
  • This article is absolutely right. There is no comparison in terms of taste -- tomatoes from my garden taste immeasurably better than ones from the market. However, I'm not sure it's so cheap -- we've spent a lot on seedlings, pots, soil, fertilizer, tomato cages, and similar each year!
  • I enjoyed growing fresh veggies and fruits in my garden. It's so relaxing and stress free relieved to go in your garden and pick whatever you want. this summer I have sour orange, lemon, lemon grass, sugar cane, green bell pepper, thyme and cilantro, hot pepper, and cherries tomatoes. thank you for this article.
  • I grow my own veggies in the spring and summer.

    There is nothing like picking a tomato off the vine and popping it in your mouth, all warm from the sun and free of pesticide.
  • I love home grown veggies and I try to grow the obes I like best.
  • I'm growing a garden again this year and love to go pick fresh corn, squash, onions, peas, and soon, tomatoes. It tastes so good to pick it, bring it in and prepare it immedialely!

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