6 Ways to Embrace Seasonal Produce

| 5/8/2018 10:22:00 AM

We're always looking for new and exciting ways to get more fruits and vegetables into our diets — and our children's diets, which can be a challenge in and of itself, but buying off-season produce means you're shelling out a ton of extra money for peaches from Chile, or avocados from Mexico.

Eating local, seasonal produce can be a great way to improve your diet without breaking the bank, but if you're like most of us, you've probably got no idea where to start. What fruits and vegetables are in season at any given time? What grows locally? How can I find all this information?

Don't worry — we're here to help. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you embrace seasonal produce as part of your daily food intake.

farmers market produce display
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Join a CSA

CSA, or community-supported agriculture, programs put you in direct contact with local farms. For a fee, you can get all your produce delivered either weekly or biweekly from local farmers. This way, you never have to worry about what's in season at any given time. All you have to do is pick up your delivery, and you've got enough fresh seasonal produce for the week.

What appears in your CSA bundle will depend greatly on where you live, and what season it is. Most CSAs deliver between June and October, but you may have local farms that handle winter crops as well, so your CSA may continue through the fall and winter months as well.