Eating locally and with the seasons will ensure you’re getting the highest nutrient content in your foods. Growing your own foods or shopping at a local farmers’ market are great ways to eat with the seasons. Eating locally and with the seasons also attunes your body to the seasons and the climate in which you are living. In cold weather it makes more sense to eat heavier, warming, building foods. This is the time of year that warm soups and stews are satisfying. In the warmer weather eating lighter, cooling, cleansing foods are the natural choice.
Often times in the winter especially, certified organic foods travel farther than non-certified organic and conventional produce. Eating foods produced as close to home as possible is the best choice as foods lose their nutritional value the longer they spend in shipping and storage. The term for someone trying to eat as local and in season as they can is “locavore“. Local, in season foods are fresher, save money, and are better for the environment. What to look for in the winter months at your local farmers’ market, health food store or locally owned grocery store:
Winter Squash, Carrots, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Beets and Turnips, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Pears, Hardy Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Parsnips, Rutabagas.