Eating with the Seasons
Food tastes better
For a food to be in season, it means that the growing conditions are ideal which leads to a better crop and harvest. This creates a food at it’s peak flavor. Added bonus: these foods don’t need much doctoring when it comes to cooking because they already taste phenomenal as is!
Food is more nutritious
Once a food is plucked from it’s stem or roots, it begins to deteriorate and lose it’s nutritional value. Since your in season, local food doesn’t have far to go before it hits your plate, more of this nutrition stays in tact.
Food is cheaper
When a food is in season, more of it is being supplied. Basic supply and demand principle of economics dictate that the more supply there is, the lower the price. Yay for cheaper, better tasting, more nutritious food!
Eat more diverse foods throughout the year
Do you ever go through those phases of, well I like this meal and it’s easy to make so I’ll eat it until I get sick of it? I do too, I get it. But being more mindful about eating with the seasons can help combat this by forcing you to switch up what you cook with. It’s also a great way to force yourself to try new foods.
Less negative environmental impact
Did you know your average plate of food travels between 1500 and 2500 miles before landing at the grocery store? Even things that are grown nearby, can get sent to a distributor that’s far away, only to be shipped back again to a store that wasn’t that far from the source in the first place. That’s crazy (wasteful)! When you buy local, this means less CO2 emissions from significantly reduced transportation requirements.
Supporting your local economy
Especially if you’re buying from a farmers market your money goes directly back to the people growing your food. When you buy at the store, you’re paying the grocery store, distributor, transportation to get to each part of this supply chain, and the farmer gets a smaller cut. So if you ever thought farmers markets were “too expensive,” I invite you to look at what expensive means to you. Your dollar has a bigger impact on the world than you think.
Small, local businesses employ the majority of employees in the US (estimated 60-80%!!). Giving your money to these types of firms turns into paychecks that get sent home to the majority of people working in this country. Bigger paychecks mean more money being spent in our economy which is one (very strong) signal of economic growth.
You reconnect to the world around you
We have become so disconnected to what the Earth does for us as humans. It feeds us and inhabits us. I’m of the belief this is why we’ve managed to treat it so poorly. Coming back in sync with our own environment puts us back in the natural flow of an ecosystem and ourselves. Think it’s coincidence that citrus is in season over our winter? Not so much – it’s the vitamin-C found in citrus helps supports our immune system during cold winters when most people get sick. Look, mother nature doesn’t mess around, she knows what she’s doing. Listen to her!