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Seasonal Eating to Save Money on Produce

We are always looking for ways to eat fresh and save money in my house.  One way we do it is by eating seasonally. Eating fruits and veggies when they’re in-season means they’re fresher (i.e., haven’t been shipped across country and left to wilt in a supermarket bin for days), which in turns means more flavor.  There are several benefits to eating seasonally.

Easier on the wallet

Eating foods that are in-season is actually cheaper for you. Buying food at the peak of its supply is cheaper for farmers and for distribution, making it cost less for you. Hooray for savings!

Support your local community

Bonus: seasonal eating supports local farmers, which helps your local community grow and flourish. It’s nice to know that whipping up some kale chips will make your body and the growers down the road happy. That kale tastes a little bit better now, doesn’t it?

So, how do you know what’s in-season?

Depending on where you live on the planet, different good stuff will be in season at different times. Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of many in-season fruits and vegetables for North America:

Summer

Veggies:
Arugula, asparagus, bell pepper, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, radishes, spinach, zucchini

Fruits:
Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, lemons, limes, melon, mulberries, nectarines, passion fruit, peaches, pineapple, plums, strawberries

Tomatoes (I’m not entering the what is-a-tomato-a-fruit-or-a-vegetable debate. I mean, can you blame me.)

Fall

Veggies:
Artichoke, beets, bell pepper, broccolini, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, celery root, chard, corn, eggplant, fennel, garlic, mushrooms, parsnip, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, sweet potatoes

Fruits:
Almonds, apples (apple picking is a fun time at my house), chestnuts, cranberries, pears, persimmon, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, tamarillo, tangerines

Tomatoes


Winter

Veggies:
Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, turnips

Fruits:
Citrus, kiwi, pomegranate

Spring

Veggies:
Artichoke, asparagus(my favorite), avocado, broccoli, fava beans, fennel, kale, peas, leeks, radishes, rhubarb, turnips

Fruits:
Blood oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple

Now that you have an easy list, why not give it at try.  The best consequence of eating seasonally is that you get the best tasting, healthiest food available.

 

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