Over the past couple of months, I have looked more into ways I can fuel my body, while also saving some cash. This is when buying seasonal produce came into the picture. When I first thought about buying seasonal produce, I felt like I had to go to the farmer’s market only. Don’t get me wrong going to the farmer’s market is great, but not everyone has access to one. Essentially, buying seasonally means buying produce that is in season.
I know…it took me a little bit to hop on the seasonal produce wagon! I am going to be 100% honest that I don’t purchase all of my produce organic. I try to follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, but even then sometimes it can be pricey. In my opinion, if you are washing your produce, buying organic when possible, or simply increasing your produce intake is amazing. I would rather see someone eat non-organic vegetables and fruits, instead of not purchasing them at all. Here are some benefits to buying seasonal produce:
This is a give me since I have been talking about money from that start! When produce is in-season it is often cheaper, but also on sale more! Check out your store’s weekly circulars and over the weeks you’ll see certain foods always on sale. Also, as season change, grocery stores will try and remove out of season produce. Another option is going to the farmer’s market as it comes straight from the farm! On last option, would be being apart of a CSA, in which whatever the farmers grow you’ll either receive or pick up.
Trying New Foods
Buying seasonally will also give you the chance to try new foods. You will be more inclined to try something new especially if it is on sale! Some of my favorite things that I have tried is Delicata and Carnival Squash this season. It is easy to get in the cycle of buying the same things over and over again. Cycling through different colored produce is a great way to get different vitamins and minerals daily.
However, how do you know what is in-season? I have created a mobile-friendly guide that you can use at the grocery store! It is broken down by month so you will always know what to buy. Also, at the bottom of the guide, I give tips on how to cook the produce and what are my personal favorites. You can get your free guide here!
P.S. Screenshot the guide if you download it and tag me in it on Instagram!