I love when the weather changes because there’s always new crops growing and I look forward to the different assortment of fresh produce available. I try to shop in season and I notice such a big difference in many of my side dishes because of the different choices available.

Here are my 4 Favorite Reasons to Eat in Season:

1. Fruits and vegetables are at their freshest and taste better!
It’s true! When things are imported they often take a long time to get to your favorite grocer, but when a crop is grown and local, you get it much faster and it’s much fresher. Quebec strawberries – need I say more? (I live in Montreal!!) Things are picked when they are ripe and do not have to sit while waiting to be shipped. Don’t even get me started on what the containers used to transport produce from other countries are sprayed with!

2. The prices are much easier to tolerate!
When local farmers grow in abundance, the cost goes down! Think about it – the shipping and production costs incurred from merchants buying locally are eliminated. Bonus for us 🙂

3. Local produce is a great influence on healthier eating!
Although I always have a grocery list, when I spot fresh foods that I wasn’t planning to buy, like fresh asparagus, I put it in my grocery cart and it inspires me to use it in my next meal!

4. Variety is the Spice of Life!
Choose fresh corn, the array of different tomatoes, bright asparagus, summer squashes, fresh fruits like strawberries and hearty peaches….see what’s available in your area, and go for it!

Now’s the time to take advantage. Head out to your local markets and be inspired!

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