Food is something we eat every day and enjoy, but do we ever think about why we have the same foods year-round? Fruits and vegetables can only grow in certain seasons and importing them from different countries makes a dramatic impact on our environment.
Why it matters:
Climate change is a conversation we’ve been having for decades so it’s imperative to keep in mind what you’re doing on an individual level. A primary thing to be conscious of when shopping for food, your dollars matter! Meaning, whatever you decide to purchase has a purpose, lineage, a vote. So, if you buy in bulk, local and plant based you are supporting farmers who grow food near you and therefore reduce cost in transportation and fossil fuels. Farmer's markets are a great source to get a glimpse of your local produce and to get involved in your community.
You can also learn to grow food in your own backyard! Gardening is therapeutic and fun to do once you get into the swing of things. You get to go outside, enjoy the sunshine and gain a deeper appreciation of how food gets on your table. Additionally, it benefits your health when you eat food that is at the peak of its harvest because it has the optimal vitamin and minerals inside it.
Knowing what fruits and vegetables are in season allow you the opportunity to be exposed to foods that you haven’t seen in typical grocery stores. You acquire new vegetable preferences and your dietary patterns expand and encourage community-supported agriculture (Wilkins, 2015).
Since we are approaching the winter season, there are many fruits and vegetables to keep an eye out for:
If you’re in the SF/Bay area, a great place to support local agriculture is any farmer’s market in your area. If you are seeking to get the full farm experience, check out Alemany Farms in San Francisco to see all the produce listed growing above and get a chance to volunteer and get your hands dirty!
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