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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!
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.
A good cookbook to get you started is "Simply in Season" (A World Community Cookbook).
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(
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.
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.
I love the concept of "eating seasonaly". There are plenty of local fruits & vegetables available --- even more if I can think out of the box and experiment with new veggies.
It's scary to think how much energy is invested into importing fruit from a different continent, and impressive how many veggies can be harvested almost all through the year. Eating only produce from the own garden or surroundings may be unpractical but hopefully there's a realistic middle way between that and getting our produce from halfway around the earth.
Besides shopping at the farmers' market, we have bought a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Share) this year. That means we pay up front and every week get a box of vegetables (and earlier some strawberries and raspberries) when they are in season. We've definitely eaten things that I wouldn't have purchased before, so this has given us an even wider array of fresh local vegetables than we would normally get. Our farmer laughed when she found out that we are buying vegetables to supplement a box that some couples and families have difficulty getting through in a week.
I love eating fresh vegetables. Luckily I have a pretty good farmers market nearby. Now sometimes it has been hard to find different types of veggies/fruits, as I live in a PA Dutch area where "different" is not taken well. Having grown up in an area where foods from a large number of various cultures was available, it's hard not having the variety, although things are slowly changing. And my hubby is Spanish, so I have learned about many tropical foods as well. Over the past couple of years we have had a small vegetable garden (we call it the "Victory Garden" like during the depression) and have enjoyed fresh cucumbers, spinach, leaf lettuce, peppers of many varietys, cillantro, chives, etc. Not only do we have lots of fresh produce, we saved money on the very first cucumber. The seeds were less than a dollar, and cucumbers run about $1.20 around here. Plus, we had enough to make three jars of pickles and some pickle relish, and it is comforting knowing what is going into our foods!
I have found that my body craves these fresh fruits and vegetables. I feel our bodies know what it needs and when.
Learn to shop at the farmer's market....you can find some of the best "in season" fruits and veggies!
jehavens I agree with you, I am used to eat the same way , leaving in America but raise in Central America we eat whats in season, and I still do, I guess i know better how food tastes when in season.
I would like at this time to introduce all members in this forum to read about an organization that is dear to my heart...www.slowfoodusa.org I have not made large changes in my way of eating, buying foods but I have started in making very small changes and I know I am contributing to a great cause for others and for myself. And the more you do it the easiest it become to make it the life style we should all be following. I hope all of you take a moment and peek into their web site.
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