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Why We Should Eat Seasonal Produce

With many ingredients available all year round, it can be hard to tell what is actually in season. Shopping seasonally ensures that your products are not only affordable but also local. Plus, seasonal produce is at its optimal flavor and nutritional level!
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Eat Local. Eat Fresh.

You could way overpay for your fruits and veggies at the grocery store when they go out of season, OR start shopping strategically. Follow this simple guide to buy your produce when it's at its peak, patronizing your local farmers markets and pleasing your palate!

Spring

GLUTEN-FREEHEALTHY
Pea and Pistachio Pesto
Ful-Filled

Spring is a beautiful time of the year when flowers start to grow and new plants crop up. The change in season brings us apricots, avocados, broccoli, and peas that are full of health benefits. For example, green peas are a great source of Vitamin K, B1, and C and are high in protein, magnesium, and iron.

Peas and Thank You

BEGINNERWINTER
Pea and Pancetta Crostini
Vodka & Biscuits

These pea and pancetta crostini will a nice touch of green to your plate and a welcome brightness to your palate.

Summer

SOY-FREEEGG-FREE
Kale and Eggplant Summer Pasta
Vodka & Biscuits

As the weather begins to get warmer, there is an abundant amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that begin to appear, such as cucumber, cherries, and salads. A big bowl of leafy greens tastes better when you are able to enjoy the sunshine. Choosing locally sourced produce is not just good for your health but also great for the environment.

Cool as a Cucumber

WEEKNIGHT DINNERSGRAIN-FREE
Cucumber Feta Salad
Cooks Joy

This crunchy salad with cucumbers is light and packs a punch of flavor!

Fall

VEGETARIANTOMATO-FREE
Classic Pumpkin Bread (Vegan)
The Simple Veganista

Fall is the time of year to start cooking the ultimate comfort dishes. Our favorite ingredients for this season include apples, carrots, and pumpkin. Head to a local farmers market or even try your hand at starting your own garden to enjoy better tasting and more nutrition-packed food as the leaves change!

Easier than Pie

VEGETARIANTOMATO-FREE
Apple Galette
Simon

Make the most of delicious Honeycrisp apples while they're in their peak season with this Apple Galette, like a pie but without so much effort!

Winter

TREE NUT-FREEBUDGET-FRIENDLY
Classic Roast Potatoes
SideChef

The colder the weather gets, the more we begin to crave heartier and more filling dishes. The season of root vegetables such as garlic, beets, leeks, squash, parsnips, and potatoes means our plates can be just as colorful in the winter as in the summer. Oh, and Christmas is on its way, which means we can perfect our roast potatoes once again!

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