Tips on Purchasing Seasonal Produce

It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables that are in season in you area are packed with nutrients and are overall much more delicious than their non-seasonal counterparts. But what are you to do if you absolutely love including mangoes in all of your culinary creations, but they simply aren’t in season at the time? Or maybe you’re a fan of celery root, but your local farmer’s markets aren’t selling them at the time. The following are therefore a few tips for people trying to stick to season produce.

Shop at Farmers Markets or at Co-ops

No matter where you live, it is most likely that there is a farmer’s market going on every other week. These markets sell fresh, in-season produce that has been grown and harvested by local farmers. Other than just being fresh and in season, you can be more confident regarding how the food has been treated and where it is coming from.

Co-ops are also a great way to get discounted produce by paying a yearly subscription fee. There are also other subscription based agricultural programs that deliver fresh, always in-season produce right to your doorstep for that bit of added convenience.

Try a Bit of Variation 

Each type of produce has its own specific season or the times when they are being grown. However, your favorite produce may not be in season at the time and therefore you won’t be able to find them at a local farmers’ market no matter how hard you try. In these situations, its best to explore different options and tastes. Purchasing in season produce that you’ve never tried before could help you expand your culinary borders and make you more familiar with a varied amount of flavors and tastes.

Having variation as the season’s pass is also great in terms of keeping your body strong and healthy; eating the same thing constantly is never good for you, and therefore going out of your way to try new produce could give you some of the vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.

Buy Seasonal Produce from Somewhere Else

If you absolutely require a fruit or vegetable that isn’t in the season, then there’s always the option of purchasing these foods from a non-local place. Many supermarkets provide non-locally grown produce, although these foods may be a bit more on the expensive side because of the shipping and maintenance required to bring them.

Anything Else

Buying seasonal foods is probably the best way to not only improve your diet but also help you be more creative in your culinary art. However, if you absolutely need that one fruit or vegetable that simply isn’t in the season, there are multiple ways to purchase them.