Although we physically notice a climate change, our grocery stores don’t, because no matter where you are in the world, it’s always summer somewhere. Due to accessibility, Americans are able to outsource unavailable items by growing them in California and Mexico no matter what time of year.
When we eat out of season, it actually has some interesting effects on both our bodies and our ecosystem. There's an undeniable grave concern regarding the drought in California, which is associated with overfarming.
In addition, we notice our susceptibility to illnesses, and a lack energy or focus, particularly in the winter. Proper nourishment is needed to support healthy systems.
For the entire existence of man, we've consumed only what's locally available to us, so when we eat outside of that realm, our body gets confused and weakens.
To prepare you best for a season full of nutrient-dense deliciousness, here is a three-part guide to eating the best in-season produce.
1. Eat locally.
Finding an honest source of produce in grocery stores can be a challenge. Some establishments proudly declare the origins while some appear to conceal it.
Produce departments in large supermarkets are generally controlled company wide, which means local farming is not on the agenda. The safest and most affordable way to obtain local produce is through farmers' markets and CSAs (community-supported agriculture).
Check out LocalHarvest.org for availability near you.
2. Experiment with different cooking methods.
In the summer we often eat food raw or gently cooked to help cool us down in the heat. Although grilling is also done in the summer, it’s a more ideal technique for the fall because the act of roasting foods actually warms the body instead of cooling it.
3. Incorporate more “grounding” options.
The fall is root vegetable season. During the summer we enjoy eating fruits and veggies that are hydrating and light so that we can expend energy more readily.
The fall has always been a time of year that requires ample planning and organizing for the winter season ahead. The task of getting back into school and work can be a bit of a challenge, but eating certain foods can ease the stress of getting back into a routine.
Fall Produce Selection