The Sustainable Table says: “Although today’s global marketplace allows us to buy foods grown virtually anywhere in the world all year round, these options are not the most sustainable.
By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.”
If your goal is, like mine, to stretch your food dollars. Scroll below of a list of produce that is in season. If you scroll even further down, you’ll see a list of what grocery items to stock up on for January too. Although I’m a bit behind this month, I will be publishing these lists each month.
Culled from a harvest calendar published in The Arizona Republic a few years ago, here is a list of produce to focus on in January. Cooking recipes that use local, abundant and cheap produce will help your pockebook. If you’re not in Arizona, you can find a list for your area by month at the bottom of the page here.
Produce in season – January
Anise, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli (and Baby variety), Cabbage (Green, Red and Napa), Carrots, Cauliflower (and Green variety), Celery, Cilantro, Dill, Greens (Beet, Collards, Mustard, Turnip), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce (Butter/Boston, Endive, Escarole, Iceberg, Leaf, Romaine, Spring Mix), Onions (Green, Blood and Kinnow), Parsley, Radicchio, Radishes (Red and Daikon/Japanese), Rapini, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips
Grapefruit (Redblush and White), Lemons, Oranges (Navel, Sweet,Temple), Tangelos (Minneola and Orlando)
Grocery Store Sales
National Oatmeal Month: Quaker
Diet Foods including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs, Yogurt
Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins
Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Snacks, Wings
Clearance: Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers
How about you? How do you incorporate seasonal produce or grocery store sales into your monthly planning?