by Megan DiPerri
Had any cherries or strawberries lately? Bet they don't taste half as good as they did over the summer. Chances are you didn't grab a bad bunch at the grocery store; they're just not in season. Knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season will reduce future disappointment and actually start saving you some money. Best of all, seasonal produce is much more nutritional because it requires less chemicals, pesticides to produce. They also offer one more way to support the local economy. Who knew buying in season would taste that good!
The Connecticuit Department of Agriculture has this fantastic guide that takes all the guess work out of knowing what to buy and most importantly, when. Next up? Apples, cauliflower, eggplant, lettuce, greens, pears, potatoes, herbs, carrots...the list goes on. Just because we live in New England doesn't mean we're short on variety! Local farmers markets and pick your own facilities also take the guess work out of buying seasonal produce. Ok, I agree, most of us aren't going to go pick our own fruits and vegetables once the snow comes, but that's where knowing what to buy from your local grocer comes in handy.
Spending extended time somewhere else? The USDA offers an extensive list of local farmers markets and Field to Plate has plenty of links to help you find out what's in season and when across the entire country. How great is that?