Fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness are one of the great joys in life. Conversely, a mealy, pale tomato or fibrous, wooden orange suck to waste your money on, and they’re more expensive in the first place. How do you know what to buy, and when? Just carry my free downloadable Seasonal Produce Cards.
Keep reading, printable PDFs are down below.
Why buy seasonal?
It used to be, the fresh produce in your local market was what was fresh and in season at that time of year, because there were no other choices. In today’s global market, you can find just about everything you want, no matter the season. It is getting harder and harder to know what is good to eat and when.
When you can buy strawberries in the winter, so why is it so important to buy seasonal produce?
- They are cheaper
- They taste better
We can get into carbon footprints and sustainability and all that, but in your daily life, cheaper and better-tasting are your most immediate concerns, right? So when you are at the market, how do you know what is really in season and what was picked under-ripe and flown in from halfway around the world?
Because of my obsessive need to categorize and organize, I put together a little system to help you get the most out of your produce purchases. These little 2.5 x 4 cards fit nicely in your wallet or purse, and if you get them laminated, they will last you quite some time.
How to make and use your cards
- Each card is divided into fruits and vegetables by month, with the right side of the card listing all-season fruits (lemons and oranges) and vegetables.
- Download Seasonal Food Cards Page 1 and Seasonal Food Cards Page 2.
- Cut out cards.
- Get them laminated if you like.
- Either carry one card per month in your wallet, or the current month as well as the month before and after.
These babies have helped me eat fresher and better each time I go grocery shopping. I hope they help you too!