It’s better for the environment to buy locally-grown produce (less fossil fuels used to transport them). And it’s better for you and your family to eat fresh fruits and veggies as much as possible.
Unfortunately, in this urbanized age, many of us have gotten away from the land, and over time we’ve come to rely too much on many produce items being available year-round, thanks to globalization. So unless you’re a gardener or farmer or you spend a lot of time haunting your local farmer’s market, you may not know for sure which produce is in peak season in your area.
Some grocery stores around here have made a commitment to stock locally-grown produce whenever available. Maybe some in your area have done the same. But sometimes you have to read carefully to make sure what you’re buying is truly local. Wouldn’t it be easier if you already knew which produce is in peak season?
Which is why I was really pleased to stumble over this Peak Season Map at the Epicurious site.
It’s really cool! You just select the month you want from the menu across the top of the map, click on your state and it brings up a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season in that month in that state. Mouse over each item and it displays a small photo along with a recipe slideshow and links to more information and cooking tips.