By relying more on our CSA options for our groceries, we now are adapting to eating more seasonally as the produce is coming from local farms, ranches, and producers. Buying in season is also wonderful because you can find some great deals when the supply is higher – strawberries were on sale at every grocery store last spring. We managed to freeze them and use them later in the year.
One benefit of a global economy is availability of foods year round. However it comes at a price – shipping food further and further away takes a toll on your wallet and it can take a toll on your wallet. Just increasing our meals to more seasonal schedule can have a positive impact.
Eating Seasonally in North Carolina
I’ve included a chart from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on what’s in season for the state along with a list of some of the seasonal produce so you can copy and paste for your own reference. Click here for the printable version.
What’s in Season for March?
March isn’t too shabby. Sweet potatoes, peanuts, leafy greens, and strawberries are in season.
What’s in Season for April?
April is the start of the season for The Produce Box. In season foods – sweet potatoes, strawberries, greens(Romaine, kale, spinach, green or red leaf), radishes, garlic, green house tomatoes and cucumbers, spring onions, cabbage, peanuts, and herbs.
What’s in Season for May?
Most of the above produce are still in season as well as garden peas, sweet onions, new potatoes, broccoli, cut herbs, summer squash, field tomatoes, blueberries, beets, and snow peas.
What’s in Season for June, July, and August?
- Green and Butter beans
- Leafy Greens
- Sweet and White potatoes
What’s in Season for September and October?
Fall comes in and there are plenty of options still. North Carolina has some great produce in season, like:
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
Thoughts on Local Foods
I’d like to hear from you and your area’s seasonal produce. What’s in season in your state or part of the world?