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Step into any grocery store at any time, and you’re likely to find the same collection of produce. There will be carrots year round, as well as bananas and apples, probably even blueberries, peaches, spinach and cucumbers.
Most of us realize those food items aren’t actually in season most of the time they’re available for sale. Out-of-season produce lacks taste, texture an even nutrition. (Ever had an imported tomato in the middle of winter?) It’s rarely grown close to where you live, meaning huge amounts of labor and fuel go into getting you your peaches in December—when the fresh season in places such as Georgia usually winds down in August and September.
What you may not realize is how great and far-reaching of an impact searching out as much local produce as you can will make on your community. You’ll be supporting local growers and reducing the need for long transport times for food. Why else are these choices beneficial, and what should you look for? This graphic can help take the mystery out of seasonal eating. (If you take a look at fall, the whole pumpkin spice craze becomes a little more understandable. But only a little. Pumpkin spice Cheerios, anyone?)
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