Focus On Eating Locally Over Seasonally
One of my favorite things about living in NYC is the Union Square Farmers Market. I love walking through and seeing all the different farmers from around the tri-state area. Not only do they have amazing fruits and vegetables, but plants, flowers, baked goods and different spices. It's amazing. It takes me a good hour to make my way through.
Visiting farmer's markets exposes you to exactly what is in season. You're not gonna find peaches in January. Eating seasonly is a game changer. Eating an apple in the fall tastes 100x better then any other time of the year. (Have you been apple picking? It's so rad to pick it right off the tree and eat it.) I grew up loathing tomatoes but after tasting heirloom tomatoes I can't get enough of them. I also can't eat a conventionally grown tomato in February now. Once you start eating food at their peak freshness, it's hard to go back.
What's the difference between eating seasonally vs eating locally?
Seasonal Eating: Eating produce when it is in season and at it's peak.
Eating locally: Eating produce grown in your immediate area. You are still eating seasonally but are reducing your carbon footprint even more since the food hasn't had to travel far for you to purchase it.
Eating seasonally also helps you get outta your comfort zone and expand your culinary horizons. I had no idea what rhubarb was or what to do with it until I saw it everywhere. (I made some pretty delicious strawberry rhubarb muffins with it FYI)
By visiting a farmer's market you can see exactly where your food came from and who it came from. Just because you buy seasonal doesn't mean that it wasn't harvested early and kept in a food warehouse for awhile. A lot of stores now (like Whole Foods) put up signs saying which farm the food is from and I love that they do that.
Buying from local farms is also good for the environment. It helps reduce the environmental costs from shipping food in from all over the world.
Here's where I am a hypocrite: I love bananas and avocados. And I know they're not grown out on Long Island. One day I'll have my backyard with an avocado tree! (A girl can dream amirite?)
Whether you eat locally or seasonally, you are doing your body and the environment a favor. Filling up your plate with plants is always a win/win for everyone.
Have a great weekend bbs. Let me know in the comments your favorite seasonal food.