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Benefits of Eating In Season

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The first day of spring is only 7 days away and that means wonderful new options for flavorful and nutritious seasonal eating and beautiful weather for farmers’ market shopping.

The benefits of eating seasonably go beyond the wonderful flavors:

  1. Food is easier to grow in season, making it more abundant, less time-intensive, and more affordable for consumers.
  2. When produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive.
  3. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content. Seasonal foods don’t have to endure as much travel, so they don’t lose those vital nutrients.
  4. Food grown in season tastes better than food grown out of season. The flavors are stronger and more developed and the textures are as they were meant to be. A ripe juicy red tomato in June and July tastes so much better than a tomato in December.

What flavorful and nutritious fruits and veggies can we enjoy this spring?

  • artichokes
  • rhubarb
  • citrus fruit
  • radishes
  • apricots
  • asparagus
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • green peas
  • fava beans
  • beets
  • watercress
  • spring greens
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • collard greens

To find out what’s harvested seasonally in your area, go to www.localharvest.org to find farmers’ markets near you and seasonal produce guides.

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What seasonal fruit and veggies are you looking forward to enjoying this spring? Do you shop at farmers’ markets?

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  1. Thanks, this is a great reminder. I get so caught up just buying the fruit I like as opposed to think about what is actually in season.

    1. I’m sure we all buy our favorites often in season or not. Although often disappointing in flavor I buy strawberries year around. It makes the in season fruit taste all the better 🙂

  2. You have so many more fruits in season in the spring than we do here in NH. Dreaming of the days when the ground has thawed and I can resurrect my garden and when its time for strawberry and blueberry picking! Can’t wait for fresh local fruits and veggies!

    1. I had the same dream Sandra! Have you planted your garden? I’m debating planting an herb garden this weekend.

    1. Me too Kathryn. Fruits and veggies taste so so much better in season. And cheaper too 🙂

  3. Flavor is so much better when the food is in season, although when the kids see strawberries at the store in March and ask for them I’ll usually say yes…at least they aren’t asking for junk, right? My favorite, though has to be crisp cortland apples picked straight from the tree in October! What a great resource your list is too!

    1. Hi Sarah. An apple straight from the tree is the best! And it’s fun to pick your own 🙂

  4. I cannot wait for my farmers market to come back! I am looking forward to enjoying cherries and tomatoes!

  5. I love spring veggies. I really need to get back in the habit of hitting the farmers market for our produce.

  6. Love this! My favorite time of the year is Spring/Summer and it’s not just because of the weather! I love all the produce stands that pop up around town selling all the fresh fruits! YUM! I can’t get enough strawberries, raspberries and blueberries during the warmer months. I also find it easier for me to eat healthier during that time of year for some reason.

    I hope you have a great weekend Jill! #fitfamlove

  7. This is great! One thing I love about spring is the return of the farmer’s markets!

    1. Hi Kelli. Farmer’s markets are close to the very top of my favorite things about spring list. Summer too 🙂

  8. I was just talking to someone about this! foods are more nutrient dense when we eat them in season, so much better for the body!

  9. Hi Jill,
    Happy Fitness Friday! So glad to party with you again! Today I shared The Joy of Juicing: Blackberry Beet Juice with Apple and Ginger Plus 16 More Healthy, Delicious Beet Juice Recipes .All the best, Deborah

  10. I love shopping at the farmer’s market! Right now the strawberries from Plant City, Fl are YUMMY!!!!!! I am working in my veggie garden this weekend 🙂

  11. I love shopping at the farmer’s market! Right now the strawberries from Plant City, Fl are YUMMY!!!!!!

  12. I enjoy walking to the farmer’s market during my lunch on Wednesdays. Last year zucchini was my big thing; I don’t know what I’ll do this year.

    1. I would love to have a farmer’s market close enough to walk to. Let me know what your veggie of the season is this year 🙂

  13. I look forward to the start of cherry season every year!! My grandma used to freeze the last batch of each season and bring them back out as a mid-winter treat. 🙂

    1. I say I’m going to do that every year but I’ve yet to actually do it. Maybe this year will be THE year 🙂

  14. We have a market that open year ’round, but I tend to forget about it during the winter months. I really should check it out as I’m sure they have some fun produce I could try.

  15. I actually never thought of that before…..learning how to eat in season….I will check out that site – thanks for sharing! I do notice that the stores still sell their fruit even when it’s not that good so it seems that knowing what to buy would lead to less disappointment after shopping! Thanks Jill!!

    1. Diane, it’s so disappointing to bite into a red strawberry and it has little to no flavor or sweetness. Now. Go buy more seasonal 🙂

    1. Stephanie you’re right and it’s so disappointing to bite into a red strawberry and it has little to no flavor or sweetness.

    1. Hi Lauren. I tend to buy frozen fruit often during the winter. Spring and summer it’s fresh fresh fresh 🙂

  16. Yay some of my favorite foods are in season – asparagus, strawberries! Can’t wait to start hitting up the farmers markets!!

    1. Strawberries just may be #1 on the list of favorite fruits! In season, it’s almost impossible to keep them in the house for more than a day or 2. Yum!

    1. Me too Nicole! I think locally they open in May. I need to check to be sure I’m not missing earlier openings.

  17. I love that asparagus is finally cheap! It’s one of the few vegetables Chad gobbles up, especially when it’s roasted. He eats them like fries. HURRAH. But, thanks for the reminder about all the fresh produce that’s ready now! Crazy how time flies! : )

  18. these are great tips Jill. Buying fresh is great. I usually buy frozen fruit but I need to start buying more fresh in-season produce

    1. Hi Ivanna. I tend to buy a lot of frozen during the winter but spring and summer it’s fresh as often as possible.

  19. I LOVE when more fresh produce comes in season. It tastes 1000% better and half the cost. I’m excited for asparagus and cherries the most.

    1. Jen, is it crazy that I get so excited about fresh produce? Like cherries! Yum 🙂

  20. I’m so looking forward to peaches and cherries. I’ve missed fresh produce during the winter. I think our farmer’s market opens in May, and I cannot wait!

  21. I get giddy excited over veggies coming back into season. I love fresh asparagus, sprouts, strawberries…. basically I never met a fresh veggie I didn’t like!

  22. I LOVE spring and summer for this very reason! Home grown and locally grown produce really can’t be beat! I just bout all of my supplies for starting my indoor seedling system and cannot wait to eat out of my garden this year! I LOVE farmer’s markets! The prices can’t be beat and the quality is great! You just got me even more excited for spring! Yippeeeee!

    1. How’s the garden coming Stacy? I’m not doing a full garden like I usually do but I’m debating planting an herb garden this weekend. I wonder if it’s to late in the season?

    1. Me too Betsy. I’ve already had wonderfully tasting strawberries and they’re going to get even yummier.

  23. I love eating seasonally and supporting my local farmer’s market! I can’t wait to eat peaches, strawberries, broccoli, and cauliflower! Yum!!!

  24. The farmer’s markets can’t get here soon enough! I am a regular at mine when they’re open. I love to eat seasonally and locally and am a big believer in its benefits.

    1. Me too Amanda. Benefits and amazing flavors! I’m sure I’ve had a dream or 2 about fresh strawberries 🙂

  25. Even if I choose foods that are in season, I’m not confident that my store is getting them locally. They promote local produce every once in a while, but not much (peaches and corn come to mind).

  26. I’m so glad it’s peach and strawberry season soon! I usually buy frozen fruits and veggies because not much grows here in the winter… maybe in a greenhouse or something. Fresh strawberries are my favorite!

    1. Hi Amy. During the winter I buy a lot of frozen fruit. It’s not so bad but nothing like fresh and in season 🙂

  27. LOVE this Jill! So many good veggies, I love trying to do this as much as possible to get the most out of it. I also buy extra and freeze it for throughout the year 🙂

    1. Hi Tina. Every year I say I’m going to stock up and freeze spring fruit but I’ve yet to do it. This year may be THE year 🙂

  28. I am obsessed with fruit and can’t wait for summer when it’s all in season. I do love strawberries so I’ll be picking those up! A big fruit salad is just the best!

    1. The whole family loves fruit salad Heather. During spring and summer it’s a staple in the house.

  29. Mostly everything is always in season in AZ. Berries though are a spring and summer thing. I can’t wait for prices to go down so I can stash a bunch in the freezer!

    1. Hi Megan. Every year I say I’m going to stock up and freeze spring fruit. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t done it yet. This year may be THE year 🙂

  30. I am obsessed with my city’s Famer’s Market, and so blessed it’s five minutes from my house, once it’s more than 30 degrees outside I am a weekly visitor SO MANY GOOD DEALS 🙂 I love buying cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, spinach, sprouts, if it’s green I’buying it!

  31. I do my best to eat what is in season by A. growing my own herbs and vegetables and B. shopping the local farmer’s market. You are so right, in season produce tastes SO MUCH better than out of season food. Great post.

      1. No I don’t think so. I normally start mine late April. If you go to your local nursery they will be able to guide you on timing especially with this wacky weather. I hope that helps.

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