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