Think about the produce not in season and what their travels would entail to make it to the local grocery store. Their road trip could be from 3 days to several weeks depending on the distance of their farm. Imagine the trip could be up to 2000 miles! To make this trip the produce would need to be treated to prevent spoilage as they are on the road and sometimes in the air. This can mean they are picked before they have reached the peak of aroma or delicious taste. What if they ripened in route, spoilage could occur.
There are numerous studies that show when produce is picked at maturity and consumed immediately they have higher levels of vital nutrients. Definitely more nutrients than the produce on a road trip that arrives in your grocery store.
Here are 5 tips for eating in season:
1. Check your state's growing guide to help you to know what produce is in season.
2. Visit your local farmer's market. Better yet, go straight to your local farm.
3. Pay attention to the prices inside your store. In season produce tends to be cheaper.
4. Support your local small farm by joining a CSA.
5. Plant your own garden . This makes for a great family activity.
Take advantage of the abundant summer growing season by picking up some truly fresh and tasty produce for the family. Your health and your taste buds will thank you.
Catch you at the Farmer's Market!