Seasonal Eats: What's in for Fall?
If you’re a regular reader of this blog or a frequent Fresh St. visitor, you know that fresh and local is our bread and butter – our meat and potatoes. We do our best to fill our store with great food that doesn’t qualify for frequent flyer points.
Keeping things local supports farmers from B.C. and ensures that the produce, meats, and seafood you enjoy are as fresh as possible. But if you like to think locally, you should also think seasonally.
It’s Good For Local Business
Buying seasonal foods means you’re buying from your neighbours. Produce, meat, and seafood have their time of the year, and that’s when local farmers and suppliers sell them. Buying more produce that’s in season is a good way to support the home team.
It’s Good for You
Eating seasonally means eating fresh. Local, in-season food is usually a stone’s throw away (or within 100 km, in B.C.), so it is fresher and has more nutrients than food that's travelled farther. So when you eat seasonally you are getting more out of your groceries. And who wouldn’t want that?
Here are some in-season options that are ripe for the picking and bursting with healthy benefits:
Cranberries are high in Vitamin C, fiber, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. But what’s truly unique about this tiny berry is the abundance phytonutrients that help prevent disease, promote healthy digestion, and support cardiovascular health. The health benefits list goes on, which is why this is a good time to stock up on the local harvest (not just for Thanksgiving).
Beef is technically always in season, but this is the time of year when it is in top form. Fall is when cattle ramp up their grazing to get ready for winter. So right now is a great time to be asking, “where’s the beef?”
There is more than one kind of salmon, but Pink, Coho, and Sockeye are fresh now. Salmon is well known for its high omega-3 content, which is great for your heart, joints, and even your brain. It’s also a great way to help with dry eyes. So rather than reach for more eye drops, why not drop a salmon on the grill?
Red and Yellow Onions
Red and yellow onions: so in right now. Both have many health benefits, but red is worth a special mention. The quercetin found in red onions is perfect for fighting and preventing colds and viruses. Good timing because those are almost in season too.
Red and Yellow Potatoes
Go for some colour next time you pick up potatoes; they’re ripe for fall and good for you. The touch of colour in these tasty tots is an indicator of carotenoids, which are great for promoting good health.
It’s pear season too. They are filled with vitamins, and they are particularly well known for being a leading fruit for prevention of type 2 diabetes. So grab them while they’re fresh and juicy.
See what else is in season in B.C. by checking out this helpful chart. Have a look and think about adding some extra in-seasonal items to your Fresh St. shopping list
B.C. Seasonal Chart: http://www.getlocalbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/MetroVan-Seasonal-Chart.pdf