The Beginners Guide to Eating Seasonal Produce

The Beginners Guide to Eating Seasonal Produce

  • Eating seasonal produce is good for the environment, for your local community and for your body.
  • Making the right food choices can be overwhelming and confusing. We understand the challenge that comes with every trip to the grocery store. You must balance the needs of the household to find; something healthy, affordable, fresh, local, sustainable and something your family is actually going to want to eat.
  • Learning to eat seasonally and then using a few quick-storage techniques, we can help you conquer your food challenge and create memories to last a lifetime.

What is eating seasonal?

  • Eating seasonal produce means buying items that are currently available in your area.
  • Eating seasonal does not always mean eating fresh. You can just as well preserve produce at the time when it is “in season” and enjoy it at a later date. Our strawberry varieties are native to our climate and pack a flavor that cannot be imported. Unfortunately they are not available outside of the month of June. Store-bought strawberries can travel 1,330 miles from Plant City, FL or 2,234 miles from Salinas, CA after being harvested early to meet the challenges of a long journey. Our strawberries are picked at the peak of harvest and travel direct from our farm to your home, sometimes within minutes. So let’s tackle this challenge together.

How to get started with eating seasonal.

  • A great resource for learning how to eat seasonal produce such as strawberries as well as vegetables is to use this chart which shows approximate time when produce is available in Wisconsin.
Fruit and veg growing chart.

Tips for Success in eating seasonal produce.

  • When it comes to eating seasonally, to be successful takes planning. First you’ll want to find meal ideas, for that I recommend Pinterest.
  • For finding the ingredients i.e. the produce from local farms check out the directory from the Wisconsin Berry and Vegetable Growers website found here.

Common Questions/FAQ About eating seasonal produce?

  • How is eating seasonal produce good for the environment?
    • When products does not have to travel far – there’s less of an environmental impact simply because of the reduced time on the road to get to your grocery store. There’s also less food wasted when you buy direct from the farmer.
  • How is eating seasonal produce good for my local community?
    • When you purchase from a local farm or even a farmers market, your money stays local. The farm retains more profit than if sold to a wholesaler and is more likely to reinvest it in other businesses in the community.
  • How is eating seasonal produce good for me?
    • Produce that is local is picked at the peak of freshness and has more nutritional value than produce which has to travel to reach the grocery store. In order to make it to the store before it goes to waste, it is picked under ripe.
  • How do I preserve my produce?
    • There are many options from freezing to canning, either water bath or pressure canning – which option is right for you is based on your experience, and the time you have to devote to it. We freeze most of our produce but we have recently started learning to water bath can and it’s not as difficult as it would seem. Check out Fresh Preserving for more information.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about eating seasonal produce.

  • Eating seasonal produce does not have to be complicated. It takes planning and a little time. In the end it will save you money and will be more beneficial to your body.
  • What tips would you add for trying to eat seasonal? Share your comments below!

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