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November Seasonals

Posted in Health & Wellness, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by Angela

These are typically the fruits and vegetables which are in season in many regions during the month of November and therefore most likely to be found in your local supermarket and/or farmer’s market.

This week/month I will feature from this list for Recipes for Health, Focus on Fruit & Focus on Vegetables. Also, you will see the month next to items which may have been previously highlighted so you can search the tags for any additional posts.

Of course, you will find some variance here and there by your state based on soil, climate, temperatures, etc but these are fairly standard for quite a bit of the United States.

Now, if you are environmentally conscience and trying to manage, reduce or maintain an ecological/carbon footprint then this information will matter very much to you for several reasons.

Reason 1a: you are more likely to find these items in quantity and usually on sale in the store therefore making them cost effective in terms of budgeting.

Reason 1b: those who are meal planners (and I am always shocked to hear how many aren’t) will basically have their grocery list set up for them and not a lot of running around store to store to see who has what. Also, allowing you to cook with fresh not frozen for optimal nutrients.

Reason 2: when you frequent farmer’s markets, produce stands or live in/near farming communities, like I prefer to do, you can save even more in price and benefit from top quality items that were just in the ground literally minutes/hours before coming to market.

Personally I like that farmers don’t sell by weight like supermarkets plus they tend to wheel & deal, barter and bargain with you quite often “throwing in extras for free”. As you establish relationships, they will even “hold back” items for you or reserve a special pick from the back of the truck for you. As a result, you can often walk away with quite a bit of fruits and vegetables for several days/meals at less than $10. That just doesn’t happen at the grocery store with any regularity.

I usually go to the market with $20 and almost never spend it all unless I am getting a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff like handmade soap, lotion or whatever else Mother Earth stuff they are showcasing that screams my name.

Reason 3: this can help those who have considered breaking ground of your own for a fruit/vegetable garden then this will give a little idea or information as to what you may wish to plant.

· apples [HEALTH & WELLNESS WEEK: SEPTEMBER]

· artichokes

· avocado

· beets

· bok choy

· broccoli

· brussels sprouts

· cabbage

· carrots

· celery

· chard

· chestnuts

· cranberries

· daikon

· fennel

· guava

· kiwi

· kumquat

· lemons

· orange

· pears

· persimmons

· pomegranate

· potato

· quince

· rutabaga

· squash, winter

· sunchoke

· turnips

· yams

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October Seasonals

Posted in Health & Wellness, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by Angela

These are typically the fruits and vegetables which are in season in many regions during the month of October and therefore most likely to be found in your local supermarket and/or farmer’s market.

This week/month I will feature from this list for Recipes for Health, Focus on Fruit & Focus on Vegetables. Also, you will see the month next to items which may have been previously highlighted so you can search the tags for any additional posts.

Of course, you will find some variance here and there by your state based on soil, climate, temperatures, etc but these are fairly standard for quite a bit of the United States.

Now, if you are environmentally conscience and trying to manage, reduce or maintain an ecological/carbon footprint then this information will matter very much to you for several reasons.

Reason 1a: you are more likely to find these items in quantity and usually on sale in the store therefore making them cost effective in terms of budgeting.

Reason 1b: those who are meal planners (and I am always shocked to hear how many aren’t) will basically have their grocery list set up for them and not a lot of running around store to store to see who has what. Also, allowing you to cook with fresh not frozen for optimal nutrients.

Reason 2: when you frequent farmer’s markets, produce stands or live in/near farming communities, like I prefer to do, you can save even more in price and benefit from top quality items that were just in the ground literally minutes/hours before coming to market.

Personally I like that farmers don’t sell by weight like supermarkets plus they tend to wheel & deal, barter and bargain with you quite often “throwing in extras for free”. As you establish relationships, they will even “hold back” items for you or reserve a special pick from the back of the truck for you. As a result, you can often walk away with quite a bit of fruits and vegetables for several days/meals at less than $10. That just doesn’t happen at the grocery store with any regularity.

I usually go to the market with $20 and almost never spend it all unless I am getting a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff like handmade soap, lotion or whatever else Mother Earth stuff they are showcasing that screams my name.

Reason 3: this can help those who have considered breaking ground of your own for a fruit/vegetable garden then this will give a little idea or information as to what you may wish to plant.

· Apples [HEALTH & WELLNESS WEEK: SEPTEMBER]

· Beets

· Blackberries

· Broccoli

· Brussels sprouts

· Cabbage

· Cauliflower

· Chicory

· Cranberries

· Dates

· Figs

· Grapes

· Leeks

· Lettuce

· Okra

· Oranges

· Parsnips

· Pears (late season)

· Peppers

· Pumpkins

· Quince

· Shallots

· Star fruit

· Sweet Potatoes

· Turnips

· Watercress

· Winter squash

September Seasonals

Posted in Epicurean Chronicles, Focus On Fruit, Focus on Veggies, Foodies Fodder, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Angela

These are typically the fruits and vegetables which are in season in many regions during the month of September and therefore most likely to be found in your local supermarket and/or farmer’s market.

This week/month I will feature from this list for Recipes for Health, Focus on Fruit & Focus on Vegetables. Also, you will see the month next to items which have been previously highlighted so you can search the tags for any additional posts.

Of course, you will find some variance here and there by your state based on soil, climate, temperatures, etc but these are fairly standard for quite a bit of the United States.

Now, if you are environmentally conscience and trying to manage, reduce or maintain an ecological/carbon footprint then this information will matter very much to you for several reasons.

Reason 1a: you are more likely to find these items in quantity and usually on sale in the store therefore making them cost effective in terms of budgeting.

Reason 1b: those who are meal planners (and I am always shocked to hear how many aren’t) will basically have their grocery list set up for them and not a lot of running around store to store to see who has what. Also, allowing you to cook with fresh not frozen for optimal nutrients.

Reason 2: when you frequent farmer’s markets, produce stands or live in/near farming communities, like I prefer to do, you can save even more in price and benefit from top quality items that were just in the ground literally minutes/hours before coming to market.

Personally I like that farmers don’t sell by weight like supermarkets plus they tend to wheel & deal, barter and bargain with you quite often “throwing in extras for free”. As you establish relationships, they will even “hold back” items for you or reserve a special pick from the back of the truck for you. As a result, you can often walk away with quite a bit of fruits and vegetables for several days/meals at less than $10. That just doesn’t happen at the grocery store with any regularity.

I usually go to the market with $20 and almost never spend it all unless I am getting a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff like handmade soap, lotion or whatever else Mother Earth stuff they are showcasing that screams my name.

Reason 3: this can help those who have considered breaking ground of your own for a fruit/vegetable garden then this will give a little idea or information as to what you may wish to plant.

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant [HEALTH & WELLNESS WEEK: AUGUST]
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Green beans
  • Curly Kale
  • Leeks
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Pumpkins
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries [HEALTH & WELLNESS WEEK: JULY]
  • Raspberries
  • Kiwi
  • Plums