Yes, we live in a global economy, and can find almost all produce year-round. That makes the idea of eating what's in season seem a little old-fashioned. But there's profound wisdom in aligning our diets with the natural cycles of crops. Not only does eating in-season support sustainability and local agriculture, but it also offers a lot of health benefits, too. Here’s why the Todo Verde team loves to embrace what’s in-season:

Produce has reached its peak flavor 

Have you ever noticed that a tomatillo in the summer tastes juicier and more vibrant than one in winter? Seasonal produce is celebrated for its exceptional taste and flavor. When fruits and vegetables are harvested at their prime, their flavors are more intense, making your meals not only healthier, but also more satisfying for your taste buds.

They’re nutrient-rich when ripe

When you consume fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness, you're getting the most nutrient-dense versions of the food. In-season produce has higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than produce that’s been stored for longer periods of time or has been shipped internationally. 

Eating seasonally supports local economies 

Opting for in-season produce means you're supporting local farmers and agriculture. Todo Verde was started at local farmer’s markets, and we love being connected to local food systems! By choosing locally-grown food that’s in-season, you're contributing to a more sustainable food system, and likely getting a better deal. When fruits and vegetables are in-season, their prices tend to be lower due to reduced transportation costs and increased availability.

It’s better for the planet

When you eat in-season, your food usually requires fewer production resources and transportation, leading to a smaller carbon footprint, and an investment in nearby farms. Plus, aligning your diet with the seasons can help you reconnect with the natural cycles of mother nature.

Eating what's in season is not only a beautiful culinary adventure, but also better for your health, and the health of the planet. By indulging in the ripest and most flavorful produce each season has to offer, you're nourishing your body, supporting local economies, and promoting sustainable food practices. The next time you're at the farmer’s market or planning your meals, remember to embrace all mother nature has in season. 

June 01, 2023