As the weather changes so does the fresh produce. Spring is a great time to begin eating seasonally.
When you buy produce that is out of season, it has to be shipped from around the world to get to you. As a result, factors such as the time, the distance, and the number of people involved to get the food to you, will push the price up.
When you buy what’s in season, you buy food that’s at the peak of its supply, and therefore it costs less for farmers to harvest. When the produce is locally sourced because it’s in season then traveling expenses and storage are not required therefore reducing the production costs that are then passed onto the consumer.
One of the most common reasons for people to not purchase organic produce is because of its high cost. Farm-fresh produce is less likely to be as costly. It is competitively priced with commercially-grown produce, and in some cases can be less expensive.
Many farms in the spring and summertime offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA is a way to get farm-fresh produce, and whatever produce is in season, delivered on a weekly or bi-monthly basis for an average price of $7-10 per week. Another great reason to become part of a CSA is that it’s a great way to support your local economy.
Finally, eating seasonally reduces the demand for out of season produce which supports local farming which means less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, and less irradiation of produce. Which means eating seasonally is environmentally friendly.