Take Advantage of Seasonal Summer Produce
Are you taking advantage of seasonal summer produce? Seasonal eating simply means eating what is in season, right now. Eating seasonally can have health benefits, as it can add variety to your diet and introduce you to new fruits and vegetables. Here are 5 easy tips to get started this summer, including what to look for at your farmer’s market or grocery store.
Ways to take advantage of seasonal summer produce
1. Try a Farmer’s Market. While large grocery stores have a wide variety of produce available year-round, finding a local farmer’s market has many advantages. Getting to know your local farmer can help you gather information on what’s in season and the best way to prepare certain produce. Supporting local businesses and farmers can help you too, as you may find better prices and deals on seasonal produce. Click here to find your local farmer’s market.
2. Sign up for a CSA. CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture is another way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Typically, a farmer offers “shares” of produce, and by purchasing a “share”, you receive a box of weekly produce during the farming season. CSAs are a great way to learn about unfamiliar produce and take the guesswork out of finding seasonal produce each week. Also, investing in a weekly box insures that fresh produce is always on hand without the trip to the grocery store. Find your local CSA here.
3. Seasonal Summer Produce. What is in season varies by the month and even week, but in general look forward to enjoying peaches, watermelon, plums, berries, cherries, eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini this summer. Apricots, beets, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, green beans and summer squash are also in season. For a full list of what to look for, click here.
For ideas on how to prepare your seasonal produce, continue to read our blog or visit KareBoost Health. Our health coaches and registered dietitian nutritionist can help you learn to cook and prepare what is in season for tasty and healthy family meals.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach