Have you ever gone to the grocery store and stood in front of the fruits and vegetables and wondered what is in season?
I know I have.
We can purchase almost any fruit and vegetable we want, no matter what the season. I often wonder where these items come from, how long it took them to get to my grocery store and if any pesticides have been used on them. So, I choose to purchase local and seasonal produce as often as I can.
Here are a few reasons why purchasing fruit when it is in season is better:
- Better Flavor – local produce is picked at it’s peak
- More Nutrients – purchasing what is in season and local means a shorter time from harvest to table and therefore the produce is fresher and contains more nutrients
- Supporting Local Farms – purchase in season and local fruits and vegetables support the local economy and farmer.
Many grocery stores carry food from local farmers. I know of two in my area that do. You can easily call your favorite store and ask if they support local farmers. Head over to Find Locally Grown Food and type in your zip code and they will do the work for you.
Here is the February Produce Guide and a few recipes too:
- Buttery Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
- Shaved Brussels Sprout with Panchetta
- Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow cooker
- Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potatoes
- Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Click on the link to print. February Produce, eat what is in season (Printable)
Information found at MSU.edu