There was a time when eating with the season was a way of life. When farmers in the communities provided the produce for the people in town. People cooked with fresh zucchini during the summer months and squash and apples in the fall. They used canned goods in the winter until the first spring harvest brought in sweet peas and fresh, crisp spring greens. This Fall you can eat with the season too!
What is in season during the Fall harvest in Canada?
There are a lot of great fruits and vegetables that are in season during the Fall harvest time. To list a few, there are, apples, corn, carrots, spinach, cabbage, pumpkins, squash and many more. To see a more complete list of what’s in season in British Columbia visit the BC Association of Farmer’s Markets website.
What does it mean to eat with the season?
Eating with the season means that you eat the produce that is naturally growing at that time of year. What you see in the produce section at the grocery store is not necessarily in season. You can read the labels to find out if the produce is organic and local or commercially grown. You should be aware that some produce is grown in hot houses year round. Shipping from other countries also allows you to have access to fresh tomatoes all year, but they are not the locally grown, organic tomatoes that are in season.
Why is it a good idea to eat what is in season?
Eating with the season is good for the human body. When we eat fruits and vegetables that are growing naturally the body digests those things easier. Plus when you eat what’s in season and organic you can bet that your food is coming from a place near by rather than being shipped from halfway around the globe. This means that your food will have less (or no) pesticides and preservatives.
Why should you buy local, sustainably grown produce?
There are a few good reasons why you should buy local produce that has been sustainably grown (or grow your own). First of all, when it is grown locally then you know you are eating what is in season. Locally grown foods are less likely to have harmful preservatives sprayed on them (because they don’t have far to travel from the farm to your refrigerator). Buying local also helps support the community farmers in your area. To find out more about sustainable foods check out the website.
How can you eat local produce in the winter months?
After the final autumn harvest fresh pickings get slim. In northern climates (like most of Canada) the ground gets cold and even freezes. Not much can grow during the cold winter months but this doesn’t mean you can’t eat local. Some foods naturally last for long periods of time, like potatoes, squash etc.
Another great way to eat local foods all year round is by canning and pickling. When you ferment foods they continue to become even more nutritious. Preserved and fermented cabbage becomes probiotic rich sour kraut. Crispy green cucumbers transform into crunchy, tangy pickles full of flavor with a nice sour punch.
This fall season keep in mind the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Make it a goal to buy local and eat with the season. When you do this you will experience how the produce tastes more rich and flavorful and how much better you feel. If you have any favourite recipes that use Fall produce please leave us your recipe idea in the comments!
Photo: Sharon Mollerus