Earlier generations seemed to be much more in tune with the earth’s natural seasons and cycles. What they consumed was determined by what they could produce in certain seasons and what they could keep through cold winter months. Today we can drive down to the local Supermarket chain and find pretty much any type of food. You are likely to find broccoli and bananas in June just like you would in December. The days where you had to walk to your local farmers market to grab whatever was in season are long gone.
Yet eating fruits and vegetables in season is not only healthy for you it is also healthy for your local economy and planet.
When you purchase and consume fruits and vegetables that are not in season:
-It’s likely that they have been brought to your local supermarket from across the globe. Studies have shown that these products travel and average of 1500 to 2500 miles before they find their home on your grocer’s shelf.
– These fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripe ensuring they do not spoil in the shipping process. This not only has a dramatic affect on the taste and smell of the fruit or vegetable, but also and more importantly drains the fruit or veggie of important vitamins and nutrients.
The items listed above are just a few reasons it is very important to try and not only eat what is in season, but also to support your local Organic Farmers Markets. For a complete list of fruits and vegetables that are in season visit http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
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