Winter, spring, summer, fall…each new season brings with it a multitude of unique tastes and smells. Squash, pumpkin, chestnuts, and freshly picked apples signify that fall has come. Colorful bell peppers, cherries, and watermelon taste like summer.
It’s comforting knowing that everything has its place, isn’t it? That you can count on fresh apricots and corn on the cob when warm weather comes around. But the benefits of eating in-season produce go far beyond those daily comforts.
Seasonal food is produce that is “purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested.” As such, eating seasonally means greater access to a more nutritious diet, a reduction in your carbon footprint, and financial savings in your pocket thanks to the nature of abundance. But how do you know which foods are in season when fall rolls around?
HOW TO TELL WHICH FOODS ARE IN SEASON THIS FALL
With grocery stores sourcing produce worldwide it can be hard to tell which types of produce are actually in season and which were shipped from a warmer climate thousands of miles away. Here’s where you can start.
1) Check out the Seasonal Food Guide.
The Seasonal Food Guide is an easy online tool that you can use to determine which foods are in season when, based on your exact location and the time of the year. Through this tool I discovered that the best produce available in Wyoming right now is: apples, beets, brussels sprouts and carrots! Cool, right?
2) Visit your local farmer’s market.
Shopping at the farmer’s market is a wonderful way to see seasonal produce right in front of you – question answered! This week at our Cheyenne Farmer’s Market we saw lots of squash, pumpkins, and carrots galore. Need some recipe inspiration? Here are fourteen delicious recipes to make this harvest season.
3) Ask your neighbors.
At this time of the year, most gardeners have more produce than they know what to do with. Do your friends have fall tomatoes coming out their ears? Who knows, they may need someone to take them off their hands! Over time, you’ll grow more familiar with which foods are growing at any given time.