Eating Seasonally: A Delicious Journey through the Seasons

Have you ever wondered why certain fruits and vegetables taste better at certain times of the year? That’s because they are in season! Eating seasonally means enjoying recently harvested food and reaping both flavor and nutrition benefits.

Every three months, we transition into a new season, bringing a fresh abundance of produce. Each fruit and vegetable has its own peak season, when it is flavorful and nutritious. By choosing in-season produce, you enjoy the delicious taste and increased nutritional content. Seasonal food also travels shorter distances, ensuring freshness and reducing environmental impact.

Seasonal eating supports local farmers and growers while providing tasty food. By purchasing from local markets and community-supported agriculture, you contribute to the economy and create job opportunities. The journey through the seasons offers a variety of flavors, from hearty greens and winter squash in winter to asparagus, radishes, and strawberries in spring. Summer brings a bounty of fruits and vegetables like berries, tomatoes, and summer squash, while fall offers pawpaws, apples, cabbage, and pumpkins.

In the past, eating locally grown food was common, but today’s produce often travels long distances, losing nutritional value and wasting resources. Supermarkets prioritize easily storable produce with longer shelf life. Eating seasonally breaks this wasteful cycle and supports sustainable food systems.

Seasonal eating is healthier as freshly harvested produce contains more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Ripened fruits and vegetables retain nutritional value and offer fuller flavor compared to store-shelf items. It also benefits the economy by keeping money in communities and creating jobs. Moreover, it helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions from long-distance transportation.

Eating seasonally brings a burst of flavor to meals. Harvested at their peak, fruits and vegetables develop sugars, vitamins, and proteins, creating a delightful taste experience. It also encourages trying new things and expanding your palate. Find recipes featuring #inseasonNOW produce here: 

To eat locally and in-season, discover what produce is in season through availability charts or local resources ( Consider growing a garden for cost-effective access to seasonal produce. Explore farmers’ markets and roadside stands for fresh, flavorful ingredients. Some markets accept EBT benefits, ensuring accessibility. Consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to provide your family with a regular supplies of local produce. Find inspiration in recipes that support local ingredients.

Embracing seasonal eating tantalizes taste buds, supports farmers, benefits health, and contributes to sustainability. By choosing local and in-season food, you positively impact your community, the environment, and your well-being. Embark on this delicious journey, savoring the unique flavors each season brings.

Source: LaToya Drake, MS, Program Coordinator, KY Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service