This is some great info that I found in the latest Cooking Light magazine as part of a Kashi advertisement. I checked out Kashi's website and they have a lot of great articles about healthy eating.
Local, seasonal produce has an unmistakably fresh, straight-from-the-farm flavor - and it's excellent for the environment because it leaves such a small carbon footprint. So while early spring can be a tricky time to commit to eating seasonally - there's less in the market than you'll find when it warms up - it's a challenge that's well worth taking. And it's easier than you think.
WHILE IT VARIES FROM REGION TO REGION, HERE'S WHAT'S IN SEASON RIGHT NOW:
TOP 5 WAYS TO EAT SEASONALLY:
- FREQUENT THE FARMER'S MARKET - Find out firsthand which fruits and vegetables are freshest while supporting the local growers who bring their harvest to you community. To locate a marker near you, visit localharvest.org. The site allows you to plug in your zip code for a list of local venues.
- SIGN UP FOR A CSA - One of the easiest ways to cook and eat locally is to receive a weekly box of produce fresh from a nearby farm. To find a Community Supported Agriculture program in your are, and for more information, visit localharvest.org.
- CHAT UP YOUR GREEN GROCER - Your supermarket may surprise you. Talk to the produce manager to fin out if anything on the shelves is locally grown. If not, be sure to voice your interest.
- PLANT A KITCHEN GARDEN - You may not have room for an entire vegetable patch, but it's easy and rewarding to grow herbs, baby lettuces - even radishes and tomatoes. Consider setting up a garden swap - your green peppers for your neighbors baby cukes.
- SUBSTITUTE SEASONAL INGREDIENTS - You don't have to come up with a new repertoire of recipes to accommodate locally grown fruits and veggies. Just add them to dishes you're already familiar with, whether they be pastas, omelets, or stir-fries.