If you’ve ever bitten into a just-ripe tomato in peak season, you know this to be true: locally grown in-season food simply tastes better! But there’s more to the local/seasonal food equation.
By purchasing local foods in season from local farms, your food dollar goes directly to farmers, you eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles and you’ll enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
You CAN eat better on a budget
Seasonal locally grown food doesn’t have to cost more than the local market. In fact, most local supermarkets promote seasonal foods grown locally in their weekly circulars as well as online coupons and sales.
But one of the main ways you can be sure to stay within your weekly food budget is to prepare foods – all foods – with a high percentage of locally grown options available from local farmer’s markets, stores, produce stands, co-ops or even your own gardens.
For some amazingly tasty and nutritious simply seasonal recipes, check out this link to the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition in Oregon. You don’t have to be in Oregon to enjoy these fine recipes. Simply Seasonal recipes are low cost, vegetarian, contain 10 or fewer ingredients, and feature ingredients that are grown, processed, or produced in the six-county region surrounding Corvallis. Eating local and fresh is good for our community and for your family. It’s simple, it’s seasonal and it makes sense!
Why Seasonal Food?
Simply put: it just tastes better! Just like those homegrown tomatoes, seasonal food is packed with tons more flavor. Studies indicate that seasonal food can be fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. Purchasing seasonal, local food benefits the environment and helps support local farms. On top of that, by purchasing local food, you’re supporting your community!
NYC – What’s Available
Okay, so you don’t live in Oregon. Here’s a link to locally grown sustainable foods available in New York City through the grownyc.com website telling you what foods are available when during every season of the year.
No matter where you live, there is yet another link that will tell you what foods are in season (and when) in your state. Its put out by the Seasonal Food Guide Organization and it really is an easy way to help you better plan for healthier and tastier meals for you and your family. There’s even an App that you can download onto your phone that will help you determine what is the best, freshest and local produce buys in your regular supermarket.
So realize this: You don’t have to stop shaving, start wearing Birkenstocks or those “gawd-awful” crocs, or even shift your fashion choices to embrace denim and flannel exclusively to be more organic in your eating habits. You just have to be concerned with saving money, providing great quality food for your family, and having the freshest tasting produce available in your area.
Your family will thank you; you will impress your dinner guests; and you will have more expendable income. What have you got to lose?
All books are available at amazon.com. Click on title to leran more.
Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes
by Andrea Reusing
The Feast Nearby
by Robin Mather
P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden: A Garden Home Cookbook
by P. Allen Smith
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