If you live near any farms – you see crops ready for harvest! Where I live there are farmer’s markets all over the place selling beautiful, locally grown seasonal produce. There is nothing like a freshly picked tomato, cucumber or zucchini! You can taste the difference immediately.
There’s more to it than that! God created this cycle of nature to most efficiently and effectively nourish our bodies. Springtime brings beautiful, chlorophyll rich green veggies as well as increased production of milk and eggs (if you are fortunate enough to be able to buy fresh eggs and raw milk!). Spring brings with it lengthening of daylight, and this bounty provides the extra nourishment and energy we need.
In the summertime we can dry and store herbs for cooking and teas. As fall approaches we find more fruit ripening – apples, pears, pumpkins. Fruits have higher sugar content to provide the extra fuel needed as we prepare for winter. Fruits are also easy to freeze or can to enjoy all throughout the cold winter months. Some of my happiest memories are going apple and pumpkin picking at the local orchards with my children. (And then making apple crisp or pumpkin bread!)
Also when you grow, buy and eat locally and seasonally, you will not only save money, but even if the produce isn’t organic, there will be much less of a toxic load than there is on produce shipped long distances.
If you have no idea where to find locally grown, seasonal produce in your area visit Local Harvest, plug in your location and what you are looking for and you’ll get a list.
Do you eat seasonally and locally?