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How do I know whats "in season" regarding fruits and veggies?

duckdown May 21, 2009 11:45 PM

Hello everyone

in an effort to maybe get some more fruit and veggies intake, im sick of eating out-of-season bland supermarket fruits and veggies. There are a couple farmers markets in Toronto area, but I don't live near any! So I figure my best shot is buying stuff thats "in season" because the quality should be better in my local mass markets

Is there like a list somewhere where I can keep up to date, lol

How do you guys do it?


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    Maximilien RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 03:59 AM

    Well, from experience, supermarket fruits and vegetables are often imported from far away even for in-season produce ( even if there are local producers); check/ask for the provenance of what you are buying; for example, in august, you could still probably buy tomatoes that come from California.

    a quick googling returned this : http://thisfoodthing.com/index.php/20...

    1. Gio RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 04:19 AM

      "In Season" foods vary with each region of the country / world. It's best if you know what's growing in your own area. Here's a site where you can click on your state and then the month you're interested in..... there's a list of the available produce just for you...

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        Cinnamon RE: Gio May 22, 2009 09:46 PM

        That's brilliant.

      2. Bob Brooks RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 04:56 PM

        This is probably going to be of zero help to you but...if you happen to have an iphone, there's an application you can download called locavore. It tell you what's in season in your area based on a gps reading. Don't know if it covers Canada, though.

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          alkapal RE: Bob Brooks May 23, 2009 04:54 AM

          yes, bob, i was just going to say the same thing -- i saw the announcement that this product is new in the app store. have you tried it?

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            Bob Brooks RE: alkapal May 23, 2009 11:25 AM

            I do have it and it works well.

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              alkapal RE: Bob Brooks May 25, 2009 04:19 AM

              very cool! thanks, bob!

        2. Vetter RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 08:20 PM

          I don't know how much overlap this will have with Toronto, but thought it might be helpful to folks from the Pacific NW who check out your thread. It's cool-- you can search by ingredient or time frame/season: http://www.seasonalcornucopia.com/cc/...

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            mshpook RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 10:13 PM

            i find local, in season produce in my supermarket is generally promoted as such -- otherwise no telling where items come from.

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              Brandon Nelson RE: duckdown May 22, 2009 11:06 PM

              "In season" has largely to do with when the last frost occurred. I live in the SF bay area. I have harvest ready soft shelled squash in my yard. At the local farmers maket I will find cherries, carrots, peas, fava beans, spring onions, green garlic, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, early peaches and apricots, strawberries and the last of the citrus and kale.

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                Harters RE: duckdown May 23, 2009 09:15 AM

                I'm in the UK, so the process is pretty easy. If the supermarket label says it's grown in Britain, then it's in season. And with imports (which, at times of the year, can be many), it's a matter of just looking how far they've travelled - if it's southern hemisphere then it's not in season; if it's Spain it's probably nearly in season.

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                  wontonfm RE: duckdown May 24, 2009 07:02 PM

                  Foodland Ontario has a chart that details what's in season when: http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english...



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