What to Stock Up on in February

30 Jan

Local farm produce

Want to hear something crazy? I did a little audit of the harvest cycles for Arizona. Believe it or not, February weighs in as the month where we harvest the highest number of local produce items. Crazy, isn’t it? Whodathunk that while a major part of our country is hunkering down with cold, snow and ice, Arizonans would be reveling in the height of nature’s bounty? Right now is the time to start stocking up to take advantage of the tremendous benefits to your health and pocketbook by eating local produce.

According to Local Harvest, “Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places.

If your goal is to get more bang for your buck, scroll below for a list of produce that is in season for the coming month. If you scroll even further down, you’ll see a list of what grocery items to stock up too.

I pulled this list from a harvest calendar published in The Arizona Republic a few years ago. 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 – February


Anise/Fennel, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli (and Baby variety), Cabbage (Green, Red and Napa), Carrots, Cauliflower (and Green variety), Celery, Cilantro, Dill, Fava Beans, 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 (Valencia, Navel, Sweet, Temple), Tangelos (Minneola and Orlando)

Grocery Store Sales


National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit, Pie Fillings, Vegetables, Meats (Tuna, Chicken, Salmon)
National Hot Breakfast Month:  Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup
Valentine’s Day:  Chocolate, Hershey’s
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles, Canned Water Chestnuts
Seasonal Produce (Globally):  Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach

How about you? Have you made any changes in your food plans and/or budget?



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