Eating with the seasons
Spring is in the air and it’s a great time to learn about why you should eat with the seasons. Seasonal produce is usually sourced from a nearby farmer meaning it took less time to get to you and may have more nutrients. Produce begins to lose some nutritional value once harvested, so the shorter the time it takes to get to your plate, the better!
Hit up your local farmers market and you may be trying something new and adding variety to your normal routine. Fresh seasonal produce will also taste better as you are getting it at the peak and ideal season. Here is a USDA link to a local farmers market directory. If you find one near you, check out the delicious organic fruits and veggies grown close to home.
Another option is to participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This is where a farm or a network of several farms offer you deliveries of local produce. The frequency may vary, but usually they are weekly or every other week. There will be a membership fee and you typically have a few options for managing the share. If you think a full share might be too much, sometimes they will let you split the share with another person. CSAs are an excellent way to introduce new vegetables into your diet and share great recipes. Find a CSA to explore here.
Buying local is a wonderful way to support your community and you benefit from fresh nutritious sources!