Unless you’re a gardener or take special interests in food and agriculture, you probably aren’t aware that food plants have specific seasons that they flourish in. For example, onions, radishes, kale, lettuce, potatoes, and peas are foods that are great to plant and harvest in the winter. Seasonal eating is a wonderful concept that more people should adopt. There are benefits for your health, your bank account, and even the earth. Here are a few reasons why you should be eating seasonally.
1. Better for the environment
The Earth has preceded the existence of humans by billions of years; therefore, it has a schedule. There are benefits to living by the earth’s schedule. Eating seasonally reduces the quantity of food plants that are force-grown during colliding seasons. By eating seasonally, you’re reducing your impact on the spreading mono-farming. In addition, you have the chance to try out local farmers’ markets. These markets often have extremely fresh produce as they only plant seasonally.
2. Save some money
If you purchase produce from local stores or markets, you’re saving a lot of money by shopping seasonally. Foods that are force-grown cost more than seasonal foods. In addition, you’re helping your local economy. More often than not, local markets have to reduce their prices really low to keep up with store products that are produced through mass farming. By eating seasonally, you’re not only saving money but helping your local economy by shopping locally.
3. You can grow food yourself
Another great benefit of seasonal eating is growing food yourself. You can try growing foods you like and saving them for the off-season (if possible) or harvesting them just before the off-season starts. Gardening is a great skill to have, and the presence of plants will do wonders from your home space.
4. Try out more foods
When you eat seasonally you get to try out more food plants. You can explore food and learn new recipes. Sticking to the same food all year can get boring. Spice it up a little! Eating seasonally opens the door to many more plants you never thought about. Food should be fun, nurturing, and a means of self-love. This can also help you improve your relationship with food.
5. Fresh produce
Seasonal food is often fresher and most importantly free from chemical preservatives. Chemical preservatives are used to prolong the shelf life of the food and also kill any bacteria that is a result of long shelf times. Fresh produce is so much better for your health as well. They’re not processed; therefore, you know you’re eating good and fresh.
Now you may be asking ‘how can I eat seasonally?’ The answer is quite simple. The first thing to do is to visit your local farmers market and simply buy what it is available. Eating seasonally is great for you, your body, your bank account, and your community.