Cooking with fresh produce is amazing, but it can be expensive. Buying seasonal only makes sense in that case. Just because you can find it in the grocery store, doesn’t mean it is a good idea depending on the time of year.  Look at what’s in season and choose your recipes based on it.

January: Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Clementine, Grapefruit, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Kiwi Fruit, Leeks, Lemons, Oranges, Parsnips, Passion Fruit, Pears, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Satsumas, Spinach, Swede, Tangerines, Turnips

February: Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Clementines, Dill, Fennel, Grapefruit, Kale, Lemons, Lettuce, Leeks, Oranges, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Tangelos, Tangerines, Turnips, Rhubarb

 

March: Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Clementines, Dill, Fennel, Grapefruit, Kale, Lemons, Lettuce, Leeks, Oranges, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Tangelos, Tangerines, Turnips, Rhubarb

April: Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Fava Beans, Parsnips, Rhubarb, Scallions, Spinach

May: Apricots, Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Collards, Leeks, Rhubarb, Spinach, Spring Onions, Spring Peas, Strawberries

June: Apricots, Beets, Blueberries, Cherries, Corn, Green Beans, Kiwi, Peaches, Peas, Nectarines, Strawberries, Watermelon, Yellow Squash

July: Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Cherries, Corn, Crenshaw Melons, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Figs, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Yellow Squash, Zucchini

August: Apricots, Avocados, Basil, Bell Peppers, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Cherries, Chiles, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Geen Onions, Kiwi, Lemongrass, Limes, Mangos, Melons, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Scallions, Shallots, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Tomatillos, Watermelons, Zucchini

September: Apples, Artichokes, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Cucumbers, Curly Kale, Figs, French Beans, Garlic, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nectarines, New Potatoes, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Pumpkins, Red Onion, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes

October: Apples, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butter Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chicory, Collard Greens, Corn, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Dates, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Kale, Melon, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Persimmons, Plums, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Winter Squash

November: Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery. Clementines, Cranberries, Dates, Endive, Figs, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Peppers, Persimmons, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rutabaga, Squash, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Watercress

December: Apples, Beets, Belgian Endive, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Cranberries, Dates, Escarole, Fennel, Grapefruits, Kale, Kiwifruit, Leeks, Lemons, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Onions, Oranges, Papayas, Passion Fruits, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tangelos, Tangerines, Turnips, Winter Squash

Fruits and vegetables aren’;t the only foods that have seasons! Eggs, Dairy, and Meat are also seasonal.

Eggs are “in season” during the lighter times of the year, end of Spring into Summer and beginning of Fall. Of course, they are always available during the winter months, however, you can see the jump in prices as winter progresses.

Did you know milk is seasonal? People expect milk all the time, so to remain competitive, conventional farms have to feed the cows with a concentrated feed during the winter months and ends up costing the consumer.

One of the most important seasonal foods behind fruits and vegetables is meat. While a good idea is to choose great inexpensive meat all year long (like chicken thighs!), certain meats, poultry, and fish should only be purchased during their “season”

January: Brill, Clams, Cockles, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Mussels, Oysters, Plaice, Scallops, Turbot, Venison

February: Brill, Clams, Cockles, Haddock, Hake, John Dory, Mussels, Oysters, Turbot, Salmon

March: Cockles, Cod, Hake, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Mussels, Oysters, Salmon, Sea Trout

April: Cockles, Crab, Cod, John Dory, Salmon, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Spring Lamb

May: Cod, Crab, Dover Sole, Duck, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lamb, Lemon Sole, Mackeral, Plaice, Salmon, Samphire, Sardines, Sea Bass, Sea Trout

June: Cod, Crab, Dover Sole, Grey Mullet, John Dory, Lamb, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackerel, Plaice, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Bass, Sea Trout

July: Clams, Cod, Crab, Dover Sole, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lamb, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackeral, Monkfish, Pike, Plaice, Rabbit, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Bass, Scallops

August: Crab, Crayfish, Cod, Dover Sole, Grey Mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lamb, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Bass, Scallops, Squid

September: Brown Trout, Crab, Cod, Dover Sole, Duck, Grey Mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lamb, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Bass, Scallops, Squid, Turbot, Venison

October: Autumn Lamb, Brill, Clams, Crab, Duck, John Dory, Grey Mullet, Goose, Haddock, Hake, Halibut, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackeral, Monkfish, Mussels, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Turbot, oysters, Venison

November: Brill, Crab, Goose, Haddock, Hake, Halibut, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Monkfish, Mussels, Oysters, Plaice, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Turbot

December: Brills, Clams, Duck, Goose, Haddock, Hake, Halibut, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oysters, Pheasant, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Turbot, Turkey

Obviously, some of these things are not correct in other areas of the country or even the world. This is only what is seasonal in the midwest regions. Please look at your local grocery prices and make your decisions based upon your own research. Also, yes, greenhouses and factory farms exist and therefore you can get several of these items all year round without a huge change in price. This is up to you as the consumer, however, please note that the qualities of the produce, meat, and eggs are slightly off.

Have a look at the seasonal items for this month and begin to look for recipes surrounding these items. Try to cut out recipes that involve some of the more expensive out of season items. Of course, not everything can be cut out from month to month but that will be based on what your family is comfortable eating.

 

 

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