What’s in season?

January Fruits & Vegetables

Choosing seasonal foods is a great way to save money, be more sustainable, add variety to meals and get the best tasting produce you can. In January, here on the prairies, getting fresh produce is tricky. We rely on local produce that stores well and some that comes from our close neighbours to the south. Surprisingly, the January list of fruits and veggies is pretty tasty!

This list is intended to help you get the freshest tasting produce possible, inspire new meal ideas, save money and reduce your environmental footprint. Read more here about Why Seasonal Eating Matters.

I use this list as the basis of my weekly meal plans and grocery lists. They help me decide what to eat. Because the list changes every month, I automatically end up eating a nice variety of food throughout the year.

This doesn’t mean I don’t eat other fruits and veggies. I usually supplement this list with fresh produce that’s easily accessible year-round like cucumbers, sweet peppers, cherry or cocktail tomatoes, lettuce, and fresh herbs. I also buy lots of frozen fruits and veggies to ensure I get half my plate of produce at every meal.

Helpful Tips

How to Store January Fruits & Vegetables

  • Most vegetables prefer some air circulation, that’s why perforated bags, mesh or plastic bags left open are usually recommended.
  • When storing at room temperature, avoid direct sunlight and major temperature fluctuations
  • Fruit sharing a bowl with fruit like bananas, apples and pears may ripen faster due to natural gases from these fruits.
  • Watch vegetables for moisture, dry up any condensation (water droplets) that builds up in bags, or add a little moisture if veggies are drying out or shriveling. A slightly damp paper towel can add moisture while wrapping in a dry paper towel can help draw moisture away from veggies.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cut fruit, cover it in an airtight container. It should last 3-4 days.
  • Because sprouts get bitter over time, do not store them for too long. When stored right, they can take 3-5 days.

Meal Plan & Grocery List

Seven meals, including the groceries you need, tips for easy preparation and storage.

Once you subscribe, we’ll send you a new 7 day meal plan every month!

7 days included

7 days of dinners, with recipes and groceries all included! There are tips for prepping and how to lessen the work for the next day’s meal.

groceries

Groceries are all included in the list, with the exception of common spices, cooking oil, salt and pepper.

space to record your notes

And there’s a sweet space to record your notes – rate it, describe your changes and then put your favorites in your rotating dinner recipes.