Doing a quick google search to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season is easy. But, locating and buying them can be VERY tricky. Consider this your buying guide. Before we start, we need to answer the question “Why?” Why put in the effort to buy seasonal produce when most produce is available all year? By choosing in-season produce, you save money. You cut down on the amount of GMO foods going into your body. You increase the nutritional value of your diet. In many cases, you can even reduce the number of pesticides on your food. Sounds great right? I think so too.
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” When talking about produce, the vast majority of all produce has been modified. Companies and farmers do this to improve the yield of their crops and for cosmetic reasons. ( @McDonalds French Fries. Click the link to read more.) Believe it or not, without being genetically modified, not all sweet potatoes are football-shaped. And, not all apples are perfectly red and round. Not everyone cares about GMOs, but they do reduce the quality of produce. In this case, GMOs decrease the nutritional value of produce, adding more fillers like sugar.
Companies and farmers use pesticides to deter bugs from eating the crops. They are highly toxic chemicals, and while they are regulated, the amount consumed is still very high in concentration. Companies claiming their produce is “organic” means they do not use pesticides. It could also mean they use only natural pesticides. Look for the USDA Organic symbol and see this link for more information.
What is in-season?
For our list of in-season fruits and vegetables, we like to go by month to ensure your product is truly being produced during the time of sale. So, check out the Pinterest board below for a monthly guide. Don’t see your favorite? Leave it in the comments below. Also, would you like to see our own compilation of in-season produce?
There are a few ways to buy in-season produce. One, you can do your research and shop at your normal grocery store. This option is probably going to feel the most natural and fit best with your routine. But, it requires more work and may not be as cost-effective. Start by learning what produce is currently in-season. Then check if any of these items are on sale (to save money). Lastly, look for “Non-GMO” and “Organic” labels when shopping. Your results will vary depending on your store, but I would recommend trying Whole Foods Market or Aldi. Aldi specifically is known for having healthy alternatives without breaking the bank whereas Whole Foods can be pretty pricey.
Don’t have access to a health foods store or want to save more money? Try your local farmer’s market instead. In my area, there are three main markets, and they are all open on the weekends. It takes a bit of time to go to different markets, but it is well worth it. For one, you save money. At the same time, you get to know your local farmers and have an overall good time. To find your closest farmer’s markets, try using Yelp. Not only will you get results, but you also get ratings. Very helpful.
Our third option ( and my personal favorite) is best suited for busy moms or those who like to online shop. Farmbox Direct offers organic boxes that can be delivered directly to your door no matter where you live. They ship free to the entire continental US!! These fruits and veggies are all in-season and help support local farmers. You can even choose your delivery schedule and substitute any unwanted produce. Go organic, eat healthily, and try out Farmbox Direct.
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