Eating Seasonally

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Seasonal Veggies A lot of people are trying to eat in a way that’s healthier, for themselves, for the environment, and for their pocketbooks. One really easy and tasty way to do this is to eat what’s in season. It seems simple, but when you can get most items in the grocery store year round, sometimes it isn’t so obvious. It takes a lot of energy and effort to grow something out of season. And even though it may be in season in another part of the world, think about the energy expended to get it to your table in the winter!


Something you also may not know is that many times, fruits and veggies are picked before they’re ripe, so that they aren’t OVER-ripe by the time they get to you. That means they taste far less delicious than something you’ve picked up from your local farmers’ market, or even from your garden. Eating seasonally is also a great way to challenge yourself to eat more fruits and veggies!

If you have the space (and everyone has some space), the easiest way to get fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables is to grow them yourself! Did you know Craftster has a board dedicated to gardening and other exterior projects? Check out these awesome gardens and veggies! If you have questions, head over to the Discussion and Questions board.


Potted Garden Tomato Plants Wall Garden
Tomatoes Elephant Garlic Broccoli

Another easy way to eat seasonally is to join a farm share, sometimes known as a CSA (for Community Supported Agriculture). Basically you pay a set amount upfront, and then you get a big bunch of veggies straight from the farm every week or two, usually for about 20 weeks. It’s local, it’s seasonal, and it’s delicious! You’re also supporting local family farmers at the same time. You can see if there are any farmshares in your area by going here: http://www.localharvest.org/. Check out the delicious things members have made with their seasonal veggies!


Rhubarb Soup Scones Quiche

I know as a relatively new farmshare receiver (this is only my second year), I’ve had to do a LOT of Craftster and other internet site searching to find out what the heck I have and what in the world I can do with it! I’m not alone. On Craftster there are threads about what to do with kohlrabi, pattypan squash, bok choy, and more. and Even basics like corn sometimes have their own threads because when you get a lot of something, it’s sometimes necessary to spice it up with a new recipe.

If you’ve missed out on the farmshare for the year, but still want to get your hands on some seasonal veggies, try a local farmers market. I live in a big city, but we still have farmers markets in almost every neighborhood once a week! Don’t have a farmshare or farmers’ market but still want to pick seasonally from the grocery store? Check out these helpful charts to see what’s in season when. (Sorry, that’s probably only applicable to the US…)

And what do you do in the dead of winter when you’re trying to eat seasonally? Well, bust out the fruits and veggies you canned in the summer of course! There are a lot of threads about canning here on Craftster. Check out the canning tag!


Canned Okra Canning Pickles

If you’re interested in eating seasonally, please check out the CSA/Seasonal Veggie Discussion thread!

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7 Comments

  1. phoenix_michiko says:

    I didn’t even know my town had a farmer’s market until I clicked that link up there. I fully plan on going on sunday and going early bc it’s gonna be 108 degrees that day >.< my bf and I grow our own strawberries, raspberries, lettuce and artichoke. it’s so rewarding and yummy to grow things for yourself. not to mention cheaper! our artichoke plant has already payed for itself and this is the first year we’ve had it.

  2. psyche says:

    Mucho inspiring post! As my sister & I have been getting more into the creative cooking thing, I’ve been frequenting my local farmers markets more and more, and thinking more about “in-season” fresh stuff. I had heard about the CSA’s a while back, but this inspired my to check it out further! (With a little google search, I got these websites for Ontario, Canada – http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/ & http://csafarms.ca/ )

  3. Pinokeeo says:

    Wow! Two of my pictures got used for this thread. How awesome is that! Too bad the persons who post the pictures aren’t rrecognized, but it’s nice to see that somebody appreciates the pics I put up.

    I will continue to post pics of this year’s garden. I just took some pics of my red onions, which I will post soon.

  4. trekky says:

    Great article! I’m currently reading ‘animal, vegetable, miracle’ by Barbara Kingsolver, and have found myself really questioning my fruit & vegetable purchases. Buying apples flown half the way round the world has become a no-no in our flat (especially as we can get locally grown!), the same goes for demanding strawberries 52 weeks a year. Unfortunately we don’t have garden to grow lots of our own, but we do have window boxes of chili peppers & herbs.

    Hurrah to eating more seasonally!

  5. Asheri says:

    Oooh, thanks for posting that link to local harvest! I didn’t even know there was a farmers market anywhere near me, let alone a 5 minute drive away. I’m definitely going to check that out come Thursday morning.

  6. Diane says:

    I STRONGLY support joining a CSA. Although lately ours has been supplementing with non-local items, for the most part having organic, local produce has forced us to eat our veggies. I’ve learned about veggies I’d never even heard of before, like kohlrabi, kale, chard, etc. and no longer need to buy mealy, non-tasty fruit and veg because I now KNOW what’s in season. And compared with buying organic veggies at the supermarket, if you even can, it’s a lot cheaper. All good things.

    And like you, Trekky, I was greatly inspired by “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” also.

  7. Eating seasonal homegrown veggies has got to make sense. We evolved at the same time/rate as the plants around us – it only seems logical that whats in season at any time of the year is exactly what our bodies need at that time of the year. Its no coincidence that the high starch foods like pumpkins are available thru the winter and the light salady things are in season during the summer.

    I got hold of a copy of ‘one magic square’ which is all about growing sensible amounts of veggies at home, and while I know not everyone has the space or the time to grow their own, do what you can and certainly support the CSA’s if you’re not able to produce your own veggies.

    PS- I appreciated your photos Pinokeeo – very nice.
    PPS – now off to eat my newly harvested cauliflower – yum (Australia – its winter here you know!).

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