Tips for Local and Seasonal Eating

Synchronize your eating with the seasons with these tips for local and seasonal eating.

| March/April 2012

  • For low-cost fresh food, ask a local farmer what he or she routinely has in excess.

There’s a simple way to synchronize your eating with the seasons and availability. Make a list of products available in your region and note the normal harvest months for each. It’s a wonderfully simple way to express the ebb and flow of the seasons. Then, preserve abundant food for when it’s in short supply. Here are a few more tips for getting started with local and seasonal eating:

• Visit the local farmer’s market, and while you’re shopping, ask about hard-to-find items. They may know producers who sell things you can’t get at the market.

• Search for the food you want on the Internet. A few good resources to find food producers in your area are Local Harvest, Sustainable Table and Eatwild.

• If you don’t already have a chest freezer, get one. You’ll be able to store much more food.

• Find books about food preservation and learn more about dehydrating, canning, pickling and smoking. Play with different techniques—it can be a lot of fun. (For more ideas see "Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year.")

• Get product-specific recipe books to see how many different ways you can fix the same thing. Entire cookbooks concentrate on tomatoes, squash, eggs, beef or buffalo. Explore!

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