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I'm getting ready to start my 2011 garden! Fresh peppers and tomatoes! And I don't even have a backyard. Container gardens work great. Report
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 fact, I love them!) Report
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. Report
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! Report
Nothing better than fresh summer fruit! Excellent article. Report
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) Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report

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