Trend: Eating Seasonally

Eating seasonally is a great way to save money, eat healthy and benefit your local farmers.  We hear more and more about eating foods that are in season as people try to become more aware of where their food is coming from, but the movement is more than a trend.

First of all, eating seasonally can save you and your family a lot of money.  If you buy foods that are in season, you are buying them at their greatest production level. The overhead costs for farmers and distributers are less, meaning the prices in your grocery store will be less.

Buying seasonally also means that you are eating food at its peak.  Taste, nutrition and availability are all in their prime when food is in season.  When foods are grown and harvested out of season, you have to wait for them to be shipped from around the world, often meaning that produce has been harvested too soon in order to make the trip without spoiling.  This leads to a sacrifice in taste and cost.

By eating seasonally, you also expose your palate to a broader variety of produce.  When shopping only for what is seasonally available, you may find that there are many fruits and vegetables that are new to you.

An easy way to spot seasonal foods in your grocery store is looking at price trends.  If berries are particularly expensive, or if an abundance of potatoes are on sale, that is an indicator of being in-season.  You can also check out this excellent guide from The Cleveland Clinic or this interactive peak-season map from Epicurious to help you eat fresh.

Ohio seasonal foods for the month of July

Black-eyed peas