Seasonal Food

Eating seasonal food as the basis of your regular diet is healthy, affordable and good for the environment. When you choose fresh produce grown as close to home as possible you get the best flavour, nutrients and price. Enjoy instant variety as you move throughout the seasons and in general leave a lower environmental footprint. All good reasons to choose seasonal!

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I love growing seasonal food, but you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy eating seasonal food, it’s available everywhere!

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Fruits and vegetables are organic and respond to their growing conditions. That means sometimes they grow according to plans and sometimes they don’t! Look at the charts below with a little bit of give and take. Generally speaking, in North America, you should be able to find the produce listed in a particular month in your local grocery store. And the bonus, when you shop seasonal food, there’s a good chance it’ll be on sale!

Fruits and Vegetables Available All Year

Green houses or hot houses, hydroponics and other growing methods mean that some produce can be grown quite sustainably year round. I buy this produce regularly to add to the monthly list of seasonal produce.

  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes (not as good as garden fresh, but available)
  • sweet peppers
  • herbs
  • sprouts
  • mushrooms
  • lettuce
  • dark leafy greens

Where to Get Seasonal Food

Good news, seasonal food is available just about everywhere. Most grocery stores will stock seasonal fruits and vegetables because they look great, are readily available and are a good price.

During peak growing season, I highly encourage you to shop at local markets for fresh, locally grown food. You’ll support the local economy, reduce food miles and get truly fresh vegetables. Consider visiting local farms, farmers markets, seasonal markets, U-Pick farms or local garden clubs that sell extra veggies. If you’re really keen, you could also sign up for a weekly or monthly produce box from a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture. This is where you subscribe to get a regular delivery of fresh garden produce grown by a local market gardener/farmer. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy home grown veggies – without growing them yourself.

Here in Manitoba, check out the Prairie Fruit Growers’ Association for info on U-pick farms and Direct Farm Manitoba for farmers markets, CSA’s or farmers that sell direct. Check your Extension office or local Agriculture department for listings in your area.

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