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.