Are you trying to eat seasonally? I know we are. It really does mean some changes and for many a learning curve. No worries if the first year or two you don’t eat 100% seasonally. It does take some getting used to, just keep in mind four things as you make small, slow changes in the way you live:
- You are making your family healthier
- You are saving money
- You are supporting your local businesses
- You are making the planet a better place for yourself and future generations
Some things that are available now in abundance are:
- Acorn Squash
- Butternut Squash
- Spaghetti Squash
- Leafy greens
- Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage (aka brassiacs)
- Chinese cabbages
- Beans (dried and others)
- Sweet Potatoes
This is just the tip of the iceberg on produce that is available. Check your local farmer’s market and talk to your local farmers, they will give you more specific information for your area.
For my carnivorous friends, meat is also seasonal! This is easier to accomplish by buying locally. Most of your red meats such as beef and venison are better in the fall. The meat will be tender, the animals aren’t plagued by flies and such so they are relaxed. They will also have fattened themselves in preparation for winter. Chickens and eggs aren’t as plentiful, at least not fresh, this time of year. Pork is usually not available until closer to winter.
Check with your local farmers, hunters, fishermen etc. You will find out what is ready for you to eat now and buy in bulk. The trick to keeping meat all year long is in the freezer. It is less expensive and better quality meat to purchase in season and freeze extra for another time.
- Freshwater fish
I will be adding some wonderful recipes for hearty cold weather dishes involving many of these ingredients!
Light, Love and Peace!