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Seasonal Foods

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  • I agree for the most part, except about the cost being lower .I live in a area where a lot of berry's are raised, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry. corn, as well as a lot greenhouses exist. And it may surprise you but they are very expensive when they first come out. I understand that costs have gone up and pickers are for the most part not available so they must be machine picked, But it is not true that they are less expensive than those from 1000 miles away. Yes there is a huge difference in fresh over warehouse products and I am sure nutritional wise, but my income demands that I get the best bang for the buck, and so if an imported product is less expensive than I go for it - 8/3/2009 3:00:37 PM
  • JULZ94708
    Living in Berkeley, we tend to eat fresh and locally as a way of life. However...and I really hope this is just a regional quirk - the farmers markets in this area are super expensive. It's crazy, off-the-hook expensive...to the point that I really have to be careful about what produce I choose to buy there.

    For example, the only tomatoes offered at the farmers markets are organic Heirloom tomatoes and they are $4.99 a pound. Ridiculous, right?

    I blame Alice Waters. :) - 8/3/2009 12:04:10 PM
  • Such a well written article! I tend to eat the foods that are in season, but never made the connection with our nutritional needs for that season. Just this morning I realized I was out of bananas, but told DH I wasn't going for them because we have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches to eat. What fortunate people we are!!!
    My hubby and I spend winters in FL so have an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits grown there year round. I buy wonderful red peppers for .50 each all winter long. Strawberry season starts in January and by the time we go north in mid April, the season is starting there.
    Just talked to our daughter in Columbus, OH who lives in the city but always has a small garden. Yesterday she pickled banana peppers and she told how one Roma tomato plant will probably have about 2 bushels tomatoes on it. She will make her own salsa, gazpacho, etc. That makes me very proud because I always canned a lot of foods.
    We are all such blessed people!!! - 8/3/2009 11:10:01 AM
  • There's no option on the nutrition tracker (to my knowledge) that can make SEASONAL meal plans. This would be ideal. - 3/25/2009 5:02:40 PM
  • This is great! Please note that as we eat seasonal items, we also save the environment! With the heavy load that food transportation takes it's toll on our greenhouse emissions, it's always better to eat as local as possible. Thanks Sparkpeople! - 3/15/2009 10:44:53 PM
  • I love this article! I was raised on a farm and can still remember the taste of our food. I think we are killing ourselves with all the chemicals that get into our foods.
    I will try my hand at growing some of my own veggies and herbs this year. Spring is comming...wish me luck aganist the deer! - 3/1/2009 4:17:40 PM
  • Sure, I love to eat fresh and local. But when you live in a climate with a six-month growing season that isn't always realistic. My local farmers market runs from early July to mid October. The rest of the year I am very grateful for foods frozen commercially when they were at their peak, and fresh foods brought in from other parts of the country with longer growing seasons. I'm happy to eat asparagus only those few weeks when it is harvested locally. I can limit my sweet corn consumption to early fall. But if I only ate what was harvested locally I think I'd have scurvy and beriberi! - 2/5/2009 10:03:42 PM
  • The cabbage is especially good now...yum - 1/30/2009 9:29:13 PM
  • Whenever I go in to read one of these articles I always pan down to earn the points for doing so. Suddenly I cannot ever get my points because it always says the points are earned already. Why is this?
    clowny74/Marge - 1/30/2009 4:19:25 PM
  • LGWITTY
    And don't forget to take advantage of all the wonderful citrus available right now - oranges, grapefruit and clementines, YUM! And loaded with vitamin C. - 1/30/2009 2:42:44 PM
  • Nothing like a reminder that you can eat seasonally even during winter! :) It's easy to find the produce in season during spring and summer, so thanks for the info about the rest of the year! - 1/30/2009 1:28:24 PM
  • Today is the last day of January. Local seasonal food might be snowballs LOL. Actually we have apples, rutabagas, carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbage, hydroponic tomatoes and grains available grown locally, all else is imported through the Ontario Food Terminals in Toronto 242 km from here and thousands of km into the Terminal. - 1/30/2009 9:33:24 AM
  • A good cookbook to get you started is "Simply in Season" (A World Community Cookbook). - 11/29/2008 11:04:49 AM
  • When I was growing up, there was only seasonal fruits and vegetables. Today, we get fruits and vegetables all year round. I have been buying fresh since January 1. I use to buy seasonal then frozen when items were out of season. I tend to buy the imported fruit and vegetables. I haven't had any problem with them. I am in Manhattan, New York City and the Borough President proposed a vertical farm for our area. I know longer go down the various aisles in the supermarket. I tend to stick to product, fish, and poultry. Unless, I need paper products. - 10/26/2008 9:55:17 PM
  • GOOD ARTICLE! I agree 101% : there are more sense to eat ripe and delicious fruit&veggies, coming from somewhere near AND: I absolutely think, we need to keep some things in their "OWN" places (times) like having fresh strawberries/ new potatoes/new asparagus etc. on particular time of the year...In that way we can have a little celebration when noticing different seasons! VARGA )O( - 10/26/2008 3:01:42 PM

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