Preview: Eating seasonally has so many benefits. Here’s a printable seasonal produce chart you can hang up so you immediately know what’s in season at any given time.
Do you wish you knew what produce was in season throughout the year? This seasonal produce chart will tell you exactly what you should be able to find available at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
Benefits of Eating What’s In Season
Why eat seasonally? Because there are so many benefits to eating produce that is currently in season.
One of the best reasons to eat seasonally is that fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually so much cheaper. They don’t have to be stored as long so there aren’t storage fees to add to the cost.
Another reason to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables is that the flavor is so much better. Think ripe, juicy tomatoes and sweet watermelons in the summer, pumpkins and crisp apples in the fall.
In season produce is often fresher since it hasn’t had to travel as far. If it is in-season in your area, your local grocer may have been able to source the produce nearby. This means the fruits and vegetables generally retain more nutrients too.
A final benefit to eating seasonally is that you start to look forward to the first fruits of each season. The first strawberry of spring. The taste of your first summer tomato. That yummy pumpkin pie every fall… You really look forward to the changing of the seasons and the new foods it adds to your diet.
I Should Know Better…
Just last week I purchased a clamshell package of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. I should know better. But it looked so good sitting there on the grocery store shelf. So I purchased it anyway, even with the hefty price tag. Once home, I gingerly opened that package looking forward to the juicy taste of summer to help me get through the bleak winter days.
Sadly, it wasn’t what I expected. The watermelon was juicy, but had no taste. The cantaloupe was rock hard. The honeydew wasn’t any better. And I had just wasted money on something that didn’t satisfy my cravings. I would’ve been better off purchasing some crisp pears.
I know better than to buy out-of-season produce, but I did it anyway. And it was such a disappointment.
Below is a list of what is generally grown each season. There may be slight variations based on your climate and location, but this should help guide you to eat more seasonally. (You can get a free copy of this seasonal produce chart below.)
Seasonal Produce List
- collard greens
- Brussels sprouts
- collard greens
- sweet potatoes
- Swiss chard
- winter squash
FREE Seasonal Produce Chart
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So next time you are tempted to pick up a melon in the winter, remember, there’s a reason you find watermelons in the summer, pumpkins and cranberries in the fall, grapefruits in the winter, and asparagus in the spring. They are in season during that time. Hold out for the seasonal produce. It will be worth the wait!