alsBetween seasonal, local, organic, non GMO, fair trade and plenty of other food labels, it can be overwhelming to navigate the grocery stores and farmers markets. First thing, it's important not to go crazy and obsess too much. There is no 'perfect' way to eat and you shouldn't obsess over details. That being said, eating seasonal produce can have lots of benefits, not only for your health, but also for your finances and the environment. Check out the top reasons why you should eat seasonal:
1. Get the freshest produce with the highest nutrients.
Seasonal produce is not only the most flavorful, because it's super fresh, but it's also the highest in nutrients because it's grown freshly, with all of nature's goodness. That makes it healthy and you can avoid to buy frozen produce that can be watery at times and more expensive.
2. Save money.
Seasonal produce is usually cheaper because it takes farmer's the least effort to grow when things are in season. It also means, you don't have to pay for imported goods, that cost more because they often come from far, far away.
3. Reduce green house gas emissions.
Seasonal produce is usually also locally grown. That means that it doesn't get shipped in from foreign places and so green house gas emissions stay low. The environment will thank you for that!
Now that you know why eating seasonal is a good idea, the question is, how do you do it?
The best way to eat seasonal is to familiarize yourself your local harvest calendar, which obviously depends on where you live. Growth NYC has a great overview here for the NYC area and most cities will have farmer's markets or grocery stores where you can inquire for that information. Shopping at the farmer's market is anyway a great strategy if you want to stick to seasonal fruit and veggies, as most of the food that is sold there is usually also in season. Another great resource is this seasonal fruit chart that also includes more exotic fruit.
If you have doubts, you can always email Buddhalicious :)
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.