Why You Want To Eat What’s In Season: the benefits of eating foods that are in season and locally grown.
It’s said that there is a time and place for everything – the same could be said about food. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing foods that are in season.
Health: when we eat foods that are in season, we allow the produce the time to grow and fully ripen. Because of this, seasonal fruits and vegetables have a higher nutritional content.
Taste: seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness, so not only have the foods reached their potential nutritionally, but have also reached peak flavor as well.
Sustainability: organic seasonal foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who use farming methods that not only protect our planet, but also our health. By abstaining from using toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds, these farmers provide us with healthier foods.
Environment: eating with the seasons and purchasing local foods helps to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used, which reduces pollution.
Economic: when you buy organic, seasonal and locally grown foods you help provide financial support to the farmers in your area, which helps to grow your local economy. Additionally, seasonal foods are much more affordable since there is an abundance of them. This will save you money on your grocery bills.
Harmony: when you eat with the seasons you are working in tandem with Mother Nature and connecting with the natural rhythms of the Earth.
The labels on all produce and foods items will tell you the country of origin. Aim to buy foods from your country or shop at your local farmer’s markets. For more information on seasonal eating, visit: sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/