Have you ever bitten into a bland, mealy peach in the middle of winter? That stomach-turning taste and texture may be nature’s way of telling you to start eating seasonally.

Just because you see a mango in your local supermarket during the fall or winter, doesn’t mean that it’s « in season » in your area. In the United States, shoppers have gotten used to having almost every fruit and vegetable available for purchase year-round. Produce is typically imported from other countries during times of the year when these fruits and veggies cannot be grown domestically. Despite the obvious convenience of consistently having a large array of foods available in your grocery store, imported produce may be smaller, more expensive, and simply taste below par.

As a healthy and environmental friendly means of supporting your local farmer and agricultural system, try eating with the seasons. By purchasing produce that is grown locally and at a seasonally appropriate time, you’ll benefit from more fresh, delicious, and affordable food. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, there is always a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from.