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!!!
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!
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!
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!
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 2:42:44 PM
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.
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.
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.
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(
9/2/2008 7:27:13 AM
Amen!!! It's about time a current nutrition website got on the ball. Leave it to sparkpeople to be leaders!!! If we go back to eating the way our parents and grandparents did before the 70's innovations of white bread and processed foods we will see a decrease in obesity and health issues. We will also be decreasing our carbon foot print by eating locally raised food. Now if our government would wake up. They've paid our local farmers NOT to farm, which makes us more dependent on big corporations. Thank you sparkpeople for being my voice.
9/1/2008 9:13:05 PM
Very good article and good reminder to choose wisely and be supportive of what our communities have to offer. Better yet, grow a garden, and if that is not possible, join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm.
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