You’ve heard it before. Eat local. But how?
Here is a fantastic guide to what’s growing in every state of the country, in every season of the year. I also love the widget on the side, which helps you to find local farmers’ markets anywhere you travel! The database is certainly incomplete, but at least it’s a start. **
It’s fun to know where food is grown, and to know that we have the choice to purchase from near or far. We can get really deep into the reasons for eating local, but I’m not here to preach. On a very simple level, we can enjoy the most flavorful and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables if they haven’t traveled too far to get to our kitchen. Of course we’re going to supplement what’s in season locally with what we can get from neighboring states. But when you have a choice between citrus from another continent or citrus from within the lower 48, I’d hope we would always choose the latter.
Anyway, take a look at the NRDC website for all kinds of tips on smarter living. It’s nice to know where our food comes from.
** I’ve noticed that sometimes the map doesn’t load on the NRDC website. Typically you should see an interactive map of each state, where you can find out exactly what’s growing each month throughout the continental US. If it doesn’t appear, check back later. It really is a good map! Bookmark it!