With fewer people living on farms, our population has become disconnected from the production of the food we’re eating. We are used to supermarkets carrying a wide variety of produce year round, but that produce might not actually be in season near you. It might be imported from around the world and be far from fresh. With the current farm to table movement gaining popularity, many people want to eat seasonally and locally. Eating locally will provide you with fresh, tasty and nutritious food, help support your local economy, reduce the energy and CO2 emissions needed to grow and transport food around the world and avoid paying a premium for food that has travelled a great distance. Do you really want to be eating and paying for asparagus that has been flown in from South America in February?
For those of us living in North America, here is an abbreviated guide to what’s fresh every other month of the year. For more information about your particular state and for every month, check out Eat the Seasons and Field to Plate.