Today I'm loving these seasonal guides that popped up in our Pinterest feed. It can be difficult to remember when different foods are in season, so a pretty info-graphic like this is super handy. How nice would these look framed on the kitchen wall? Each color coordinates with a different food and the overlap of harvest times makes it easy to plan ahead.
Planning meals ahead of time is a wonderful way to make sure that your family is getting balanced meals and proper nutrition. It also feels great to support local farms who will most likely not be able to supply customers with out-of-season foods because those need to be shipped thousands of miles to arrive on our plates. By the way, Pinterest also recently taught me that the average carrot travels a whopping 1,838 miles from the farm where it grows to the store where it's sold - yikes!
I was trying to visualize 1,838 miles when I read that, but couldn't on my own - Google to the rescue! Dallas, Texas is about that far away from Laconia, New Hampshire. It's odd to think that the average vegetable that's consumed in our country travels further to get to our plates than I do when I go on vacation! And that's just one carrot, not a whole meal.
Eating foods that are in season and locally grown (like most of the fruits and veggies we sell at Sunflower!) really helps to reduce our impact on the Earth. And with guides like these it would also be really easy to plan your own garden before the seed catalogs come in the mail!
Happy green eating!
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