My goals for this year include eating more seasonal foods and locally grown produce when possible. We belong to a CSA and get locally grown, organic produce most of the year. With the recent freezes in North Texas, the farmers lost most of their crops. We won’t get any more CSA produce until the end of this month.
I am grateful for the quality produce we’re able to get through our local grocery stores. Learning what’s in season took a little research on my part as I’m used to buying whatever I’m in the mood to eat. Trying to eat seasonally has helped me branch out into new foods.
There are many reasons to eat local and seasonal, some of the most important being:
- Produce tastes better in it’s peak season.
- Eating locally grown produce helps support your local economy.
- According to NRDC, shipping food in from foreign countries contributes to global warming and pollution. I’m not sure I want to eat a tomato that was grown in the Netherlands, shipped to the U.S., then trucked to my local grocery store. Waiting until they’re in season would make them taste that much sweeter.
I found three great resources online that will tell you what’s in season in your part of the US:
Here’s a winter salad that I love using a favorite winter green, kale. It’s light enough to be a salad and hearty enough to warm your chilly bones during the winter months.