Why You Should Eat What’s In Season
Why eat what’s in season?
- Spend less – Foods that are locally in season are more plentiful and take less transport, which equals less markup in price.
- Leave a smaller carbon footprint – Foods that are not in season must be shipped in from other countries. Opting to eat local cuts down on pollution and resources.
- Support local growers – This site says it best: “strengthen your community by investing your food dollars close to home”. Read more for facts on how we consume produce.
- Find out what’s growing now – I can’t tell you off the top of my head what’s peaking in Missouri right now. Either can most people. That’s why I rely on Epicurious’ peak-season map. Just pick your state or neighboring states along with the month and you’ll get a pop-up list! If you would like a more general list for the US, use WiseBread.
- Find related recipes – Incorporate seasonal produce more tastily by discovering new ways to cook it. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut of salads and steaming, but a quick Google of this month’s peaking produce yields yummy results. Also check out Epicurious’ seasonal recipes and menus.
- Finally, make a grocery list – It’s easy to forget what is in season since it changes so often. Making a list helps you remember your ingredients and cut down on costs since you’ve planned your meals ahead of time. I like to type mine in Evernote and access my list on the go from my phone.
Do you have other tips or reasons to eat seasonally?