You hear a lot of people talk about eating in season, but how do you know what the hype is about? And what does it mean? In the world of natural living and natural health, eating both locally and what’s in season lands at the top of the priority list and we want to tell you why.
It’s financially smart.
For starters, the cost is lower. When produce is in season locally, the over abundance of produce can allow the price to drop. Think about it. Mangos in January are always expensive, but apples in September are pretty affordable. It’s about supply and demand, and when crops are in season you’ll be rewarded financially by purchasing what’s growing now, when there’s plenty of it.
It tastes better.
Usually, the taste of the food we buy is just as important as the cost, if not more so. When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a hothouse or shipped in from other parts of the world, and both affect the taste. Compare a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun with a winter hothouse tomato that's barely red, somewhat mealy, and lacking in flavor. When having to transport crops, they must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t rot during transportation. They may not ripen as effectively as they would in their natural environment and as a result they don’t develop their full flavor. The foods lose their flavor as much as they lose their moisture. Local foods that are grown in season keep their full and whole flavors, not to mention, aren’t tainted through shipment pollution and other damaging chemicals like preservatives and waxes.
There’s always something new to try!
A wide variety of crops can be harvested in the fall, such as squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs and mushrooms and even in the winter, like citrus, kale, radishes, turnips and leeks. Add those to the foods that are available in both the summer and winter like sweet peas, corn, peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans. When you see what’s out there, you find that you can either create a dish based on just one item or even see what new creations can be made through different combinations!
Support local businesses.
Choosing to eat locally also skips the major corporations and allows you to support the farmers local to your city or community. As a family owned local business, we at Ontario Bakery understand what it means to be independently run and really can’t succeed without our community. So we encourage you, whenever you can, to support your local farmers, knowing that they aren’t just providing you a service, but their increasing your life quality with better health and well being!
So find out what’s in season in your neck of the woods. You’ll be rewarded with high quality produce, packed with nutrition your taste buds will definitely thank you, as well as lower cost! And remember to contact Ontario Bakery for all your custom cakes and desserts in Southern California!