No matter what, getting LOTS of fruits and veggies in year round, any kind is in your bodies best interest. Buuuut, if you want to kick it UP a notch, seasonal eating will really help nourish the bod!
Basically, some of the key reasons to try to eat seasonally are as follows:
- It’s cheaper!!! Save some cash $$ and buy what local farmers are currently producing. Your local farmers markets and/or CSA’s are going to be able to provide you with some of the freshest foods available. The further from the source you go, the more $$ you are going to pay, and the more likely it is that your food get treated to help preserve freshness (no bueno). If you buy from the market, try to find a local section and stay organic 🙂
- Buying in season helps provide the highest amount of minerals and nutrients your body needs for those months. The fruits and veggies are growing in the conditions and environment that will best support their growth. Think about summer fruits for example, melons. high water content, helps keep you hydrated!
Farmers Markets are also great ways to discover new fruits and vegetables and learn more about where your food sources are coming from. Try making it into a fun little weekend outing. Grab some coffee and stroll the fun-filled isles!
An important thing to remember at farmers markets is just that just like a grocery store, you want to buy organic. HOWEVER, these are usually small farmers. Becoming certified is an extremely expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Talk to the seller about their farming methods. Get a feel for what they do…growing organically is great!!! So get out there!! Get to the local FM or look into joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Enjoy getting to learn and know who and where your food source is coming from!!
Here are some of my favorite spring veggies and fruits:
- Dandelion Root
- Greens!! Spinach, lettuce…
- Cherries start being harvested
- Certain mushrooms
In the next couple weeks I will be posting some yummy recipes incorporating these foods too!! Stay tuned!