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Below are my TIPS for eating seasonally.

- Know when the foods you enjoy are in season.

- Food Journaling: Keep a notebook with the dates of when and where you found foods to be

available. Include how much you preserved to help you plan for future years.

- Get to know the products available year round: Meats, milk, cheeses, dried beans, and eggs, apples, kale, winter squash, and root vegetables (potatoes, onions, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, and turnips). Some farmers have greenhouses and also sell spinach and sprouts year-round.

- Freezing is easy: Many foods need little preparation before freezing. Join my Facebook group to learn how.

- Make seasonal meals and freeze them, such as stuffed peppers.

- When you get home from the farmers market, wash all of your produce so that they are recipe-ready: Makes meal prep easy.

- Or, leave your produce in the refrigerator and wash what you need for each recipe: Spread out the work – especially easy for greens that you are going to rinse and toss into the blender.

- Have the right kitchen utensils: A cherry pitter is a MI kitchen essential; a high-speed blender is a good investment.

- Be creative with transportation: Walk, bike, or take public transit to your farmers market.

- Budgeting: Plan for summer stock piling. Your food budget will increase from July through September, but it will be lower in winter.

- Index your recipes; purchase a cookbook organized by the season.

- Add depth of flavor: Roasting, smoking, or dehydrating foods will deepen the flavor.

- Improvise: Find recipes where you can substitute produce that is in season, such as risotto, pasta, stir fry, or pizza.

- Consider wild foods: Learn about the local wild foods such as berries, herbs, and mushrooms.

- Look for local pre-made food: Pasta, soup mixes, salsa, sauces, dressings, and candy.

- Don’t forget about local beverages: wine, tea, beer, soda pop, cider, and spirits.

- Eat local in restaurants: Many restaurants list the sources of the local foods included in the menu.

- Ask the restaurant server to point you to locally based foods and beverages.

- Grow it Yourself: Even a small area will work for an herb garden or a couple of tomato plants. Think vertical too.

- Eat Local While Traveling: Research restaurants and breweries before travel. Visit food co-ops and farmers markets in the area.

- Get ideas from my Instagram page.