Why You Should Eat Local & What's in Season Now
My family has always been huge advocates of growing our own food. Both sets of grandparents had large gardens, and I have endless memories of picking fresh cucumbers, splitting sweet peas, tomato jarring and trying to find the largest zucchini in the garden. I’ve always loved the idea of eating local, but wanted to know more about why this is the best option, and how to go about it.
First off, anything grown in Ontario is considered local in the province. And lucky for us, July and August are the top months for fresh Ontario produce! If you are in Ontario and want to buy local, you can simply look for the Foodland Ontario logo at your local grocery store or farmers market. Even better, you can easily take a trip and visit local farms to purchase or pick your own fresh produce. This also gives you a chance to talk to the farmers and find out the behind the scenes of agriculture.
Why Eat Local:
1. Supports the community and local economy.
2. Helps the environment – less travel means fewer emissions and chemicals and less waste.
3. Preserves green space and farmland.
4. Lower cost of food – eating in season means more supply, less travel and lower costs.
5. Better nutrients – produce has the opportunity to ripen before being picked, giving nutrients time to reach their optimal peak!
6. Bursting with flavour allowing you to taste real food – again this is in part from being picked at peak ripeness.
Whats in Season Now?
Here is a list of some of the delicious produce you can purchase or pick today:
Apricots, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, okra, peas, plums, rapini, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, zucchini
Apples, apricots, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, globe artichoke, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melon, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peas, plums, peppers, rhubarb, rutabagas, summer squash, sweet corn, swiss chard, tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini
For a complete list of fruits and vegetables and their availability, check out foodland ontario’s guide here.