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

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?

Thanks

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  1. 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. "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...
      :
      http://www.nrdc.org/health/foodmiles/

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      1. re: Gio

        That's brilliant.

      2. 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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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          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?

          1. re: alkapal

            I do have it and it works well.

            1. re: Bob Brooks

              very cool! thanks, bob!

        2. 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/...

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

            1. "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.

              1. 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.

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

                  Enjoy!

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