We all know that eating seasonally means consuming local produce that is purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested, however, what does that actually mean for you?
SAVE MONEY, EAT BETTER
Studies show fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients when they’re allowed to ripen naturally on their parent plant. When you buy seasonally in your area, you are purchasing food that is at the peak of its supply, so it costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and stock at your grocery store. Unlike when you purchase out of season produce, it is harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local grocery store, crops picked at their peak of ripeness are full of flavor and better tasting.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY
The money you spend on products from local farmers and growers stays in the community and is reinvested with other local businesses. In addition, food grown locally, processed locally and distributed locally to restaurants and grocery stores, it generates jobs and helps stimulate local economies.
WHERE CAN I BUY SEASONALLY?
Purchasing locally grown not only helps support local farmlands, it also maintains open space in your community. In a United States Department of Agriculture study, it is found that direct-to-consumer producers are less likely to apply pesticides and herbicides to control weeds and insects than conventional producers (with the exception of chemicals to control insects and weeds in fruit, nut and berry crops). Meaning, consuming seasonal produce benefits everyone!