Love shopping and eating seasonally?
I certainly do.
I love strolling my local farmer’s market, selecting and buying farm fresh organic produce
There is nothing like the taste of an organic apple, tomato or corn that was recently picked.
Fresh, sweet and so pleasing to eat…
Most importantly, seasonal produce is so much healthier for us.
It’s food is at it’s nutritional peak.
When we eat produce that is out of season, we risk vitamin degradation and nutrient
loss because it has been shipped to us across long distances–if not from across the globe.
Food in season is generally more economical, eco-friendly and best of all, it tastes
much more delicious.
According to Eat Seasonably:
“Eating food in season is also a great way of eating more sustainably.
Growing fruit and vegetables in season requires lower levels of artificial inputs like heating,
lighting, pesticides and fertilizers than at other times of the year.
Thus, seasonable produce has a lower environmental impact.
Eating seasonably is also a great first step towards thinking about the broader environmental
implications of your diet.
In fact, there are many ways to decrease the impact of what you and your family eat.”
Here are some links to related eco-friendly actions you take today:
*Find local, seasonal produce – Local Harvest
*Support environmentally friendly farming by buying organic produce – Soil Association
*Compost your food waste – Recyclenow
*Cut down your meat intake: livestock farming is one of the most significant causes of
climate change – Eating Better
*Choose fish from sustainable sources, if you eat fish – Marine Stewardship Council
*Avoid products with unnecessary packaging and recycle it where possible - NRDC
*Avoid bottled water and instead enjoy it from the tap and filter your own – NSF
Two Handy Seasonal Produce Guides
Use the Eat Seasonably Chart and handy Month to Month Guide below to learn which
foods are in season then stock up your pantry with the freshest fruits and vegetables you can
find in your favorite shopping spots.
It’s also a great reference to aid meal planning, food preservation and canning projects.
Savor the pleasures of buying and eating seasonal produce.