We’ve all heard that reports that we need to add more fruits and vegetables to our diets to maintain optimal health and weight.  But sometimes shopping the produce section can be intimidating and expensive.  However, knowing a few little “tricks” can help you eat plenty of fruits and veggies and not break the bank.  These simple tips for picking seasonal produce will help you save money and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

  • Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Below is an extensive list of foods according to the season.  Buying them in season will save you a ton of money.
  • Purchase locally.  Your costs will be lower by purchasing locally.  With fewer transportation costs, those savings will be passed on to the consumer.
  • Join a local co-op.  Often, you can save money, get local, fresh and in season foods.  While most co-ops do not allow you to select exactly what you get, this is a good opportunity to try something new.
  • Shop farmer’s markets.  Shopping farmer’s markets is a fantastic way to support your local farming community and buy locally.  Be sure to ask questions like “where is this from”.  Some sellers are selling items that are imported from other places so you may not actually be buying locally like you think.

March, April, May

Apricots

Artichokes

Asparagus

Broccoli

Chives

Collard Greens

Corn

Fava Beans

Fennel

Green Beans

Honeydew

Limes

Lychee

Mango

Morel Mushrooms

Mustard Greens

Oranges

Pea Pods

Peas

Pineapple

Purple Asparagus

Radicchio

Red Leaf Lettuce

Rhubarb

Snow Peas

Spinach

Spring Baby Lettuce

Strawberries

Swiss Chard

Vidalia Onions

Watercress

White Asparagus

June, July, August

Apricots

Beets

Bell Peppers

Black Currants

Blackberries

Blueberries

Boysenberries

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Corn

Crookneck Squash

Cucumbers

Eggplant

Endive

French Beans

Figs

Garlic

Grapefruit

Grapes

Green Beans

Green Soybeans (Edamame)

Honeydew Melons

Jalapeno Peppers

Lima Beans

Limes

Lychee

Mulberries

Nectarines

Okra

Passion Fruit

Peaches

Peas

Plums

Radishes

Raspberries

Rose Apples

Shallots

Strawberries

Sugar Apple

Sugar Snap Peas

Summer Squash

Tomatillo

Tomatoes

Watermelon

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Zucchini

September, October, November

Acorn Squash

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Buttercup Squash

Butternut Squash

Cauliflower

Crab Apples

Cranberries

Date Plum

Delicata Squash

Endive

Garlic

Ginger

Grapes

Guava

Jalapeno Peppers

Key Limes

Mushrooms

Passion Fruit

Pear

Pineapple

Pomegranate

Pumpkin

Quince

Radicchio

Sharon Fruit

Sugar Apple

Sunflower Kernels

Sweet Dumpling Squash

Sweet Potatoes

Swiss Chard

Turnips

December, January, February

Brussels Sprouts

Buttercup Squash

Chestnuts

Clementines

Collard Greens

Date Plums

Dates

Delicata Squash

Grapefruit

Kale

Kiwifruit

Leeks

Mandarin Oranges

Oranges

Pear

Sweet Dumpling Squash

Sweet Potatoes

Tangerines

Turnips

Year-round

Amaranth

Apples

Arrowroot

Apricots, Dried

Avocados

Bananas

Banana Squash

Bell Peppers

Black Eyed Peas

Black Radish

Bok Choy

Broccoflower

Broccolini

Burdock Root

Cabbage

Carrots

Cranberries, Dried

Celeriac (Celery Root)

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Chinese Eggplants

Coconut

Dandelion Greens

Leek

Lemons

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Olives

Onions

Papayas

Parsnips

Pearl Onions

Potatoes

Rutabagas

Snow Peas

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