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Tips for picking seasonal produce

Tips for picking seasonal produce

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We’ve all heard that reports that we need to add more fruits and vegetables to our diets to maintain optimal health and weight.  But sometimes shopping the produce section can be intimidating and expensive.  However, knowing a few little “tricks” can help you eat plenty of fruits and veggies and not break the bank.  These simple tips for picking seasonal produce will help you save money and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

  1.  Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Below is an extensive list of foods according to the season.  Buying them in season will save you a ton of money.
  2. Purchase locally.  Your costs will be lower by purchasing locally.  With fewer transportation costs, those savings will be passed on to the consumer.
  3. Join a local co-op.  Often, you can save money, get local, fresh and in season foods.  While most co-ops do not allow you to select exactly what you get, this is a good opportunity to try something new.
  4. Shop farmer’s markets.  Shopping farmer’s markets is a fantastic way to support your local farming community and buy locally.  Be sure to ask questions like “where is this from”.  Some sellers are selling items that are imported from other places so you may not actually be buying locally like you think.

March, April, May

 Apricots
Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Chives
Collard Greens
Corn
Fava Beans
Fennel
Green Beans
Honeydew

Limes
Lychee
Mango
Morel Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Oranges
Pea Pods
Peas
Pineapple
Purple Asparagus
Radicchio
Red Leaf Lettuce
Rhubarb
Snow Peas
Spinach
Spring Baby Lettuce
Strawberries
Swiss Chard
Vidalia Onions
Watercress
White Asparagus

June, July, August
Apricots
Beets
Bell Peppers
Black Currants
Blackberries
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Corn
Crookneck Squash
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Endive
French Beans
Figs
Garlic
Grapefruit
Grapes
Green Beans
Green Soybeans (Edamame)
Honeydew Melons
Jalapeno Peppers
Lima Beans
Limes
Lychee
Mulberries
Nectarines
Okra
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Peas
Plums
Radishes
Raspberries
Rose Apples
Shallots
Strawberries
Sugar Apple
Sugar Snap Peas
Summer Squash
Tomatillo
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Zucchini

September, October, November

Acorn Squash
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Buttercup Squash
Butternut Squash
Cauliflower
Crab Apples
Cranberries
Date Plum
Delicata Squash
Endive
Garlic
Ginger
Grapes
Guava
Jalapeno Peppers
Key Limes
Mushrooms
Passion Fruit
Pear
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Quince
Radicchio
Sharon Fruit
Sugar Apple
Sunflower Kernels
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips

December, January, February
Brussels Sprouts
Buttercup Squash
Chestnuts
Clementines
Collard Greens
Date Plums
Dates
Delicata Squash
Grapefruit
Kale
Kiwifruit
Leeks
Mandarin Oranges
Oranges
Pear
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tangerines
Turnips

Year-round

Amaranth
Apples
Arrowroot
Apricots, Dried
Avocados
Bananas
Banana Squash
Bell Peppers
Black Eyed Peas
Black Radish
Bok Choy
Broccoflower
Broccolini
Burdock Root
Cabbage
Carrots
Cranberries, Dried
Celeriac (Celery Root)
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Chinese Eggplants
Coconut
Dandelion Greens
Leek
Lemons
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Olives
Onions
Papayas
Parsnips
Pearl Onions
Potatoes
Rutabagas
Snow Peas

For more information on healthy living and eating, please visit My Real Food Family on Facebook or check out our Blog!  We’ve got tons of free recipes and tips to help you eat a healthier diet.

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3 comments on “Tips for picking seasonal produce

  1. Hi! Do you remember last year… I told you I eat really unhealthily? Well, I really love your blog and since Christmas I’ve being drinking water and dropped my coca-cola use to 1 a day! No longer eating a heap of junk and I feel great! Thank you! ……Paula xx

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