Shop Seasonal!

Ok! I would like to take this time to talk about Seasonal Foods. I am completely tired of going to my local grocery and watching some special case grab a mango in the dead of winter. NEWS FLASH: Mango’s do not grow in the winter time!

Below you find a chart that details some basic produce and the best time of the year to purchase it. I hope this is helpful and that you can use this chart when you take your next journey to the grocery store. If you would like a more expanded version, feel free to email me at cook@tastetocook.com

WHY SHOULD YOU EAT SEASONAL FOODS?

When you choose to eat seasonal foods, not only are you getting the freshest produce but you are also getting the highest vitamin content, as well as a variety of produce instead of eating the same thing year round. By eating seasonal foods you also support you local farmers and reduce your carbon foot print (since the food doesn’t have to travel so far to get to your mouth).

Crops Early
(warmer and coastal areas)
Most Active Late
(upstate, mountainous and colder areas)
VEGETABLES      
Asparagus April 23 May 1 – May 30 June 25
Broccoli June 20 July 1 – October 31 November 30
Cabbage June 1 June 10 – October 31 November 15
Cauliflower September 1 Oct. 5 – November 20 December . 5
Collards May 15 August 20 – October 31 November 20
Cucumbers June 25 July 5 – August 15 September 15
Eggplant July 10 July 20 – September 30 October 15
Lima Beans July 10 July 15 – August 31 October 31
Okra July 15 August 15 – September 15 October 15
Onions June 25 June 25 – July 31 September 30
Peas May 20 June 15 – June 25 July 5
Peppers July 5 July 15 – October 31 Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 July 20 – September 30 October 15
Pumpkins September 15 October 1 – October 15 October 31
Rhubarb May 15 June 5 – July 31 August 31
Snap Beans June 10 June 20 – July 20 August 31
Squash June 15 June 25 – September 1 September 30
Spinach April 15 May 5 – June 25 June 30
Sweet Corn July 15 August 1 – September 20 October 15
Tomatoes July 5 July 10 – September 15 October 15
FRUITS       
Apples July 15 September 1 – October 25 October 31
Blackberries July 10 July 15 – July 30 August 10
Blueberries July 15 August 1 – September 10 October 15
Cherries June 10 June 10 – June 25 June 25
Grapes August 25 September 10 – September 20 September 30
Peaches, Nectarines July 15 July 20 – September 1 September 15
Pears August 1 August 10 – August 31 September 10
Raspberries July 1 July 5 – July 21 August 1
Raspberries (Fall and everbearing) August 1 August 15 – September 30 October 15
Strawberries May 20 June 5 – June 20 July 10
OTHER      
Flowers, Herbs July 1 July 15 – September 15 October 1

 

 

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