What’s in Season?

Eating Locally Means Eating Seasonally

When it comes to eating locally, one of the first things to consider is seasonality – knowing when different types of fruits and vegetables are harvested in your community.

Not only does changing your eating habits to focus on seasonal foods help you support local businesses, but plump, summer tomatoes in July found at your farmers market will always taste better than the pale, dry ones you can find at the grocery store in February. Eating with seasonality in mind, you can make the most of the full, nutrient-rich punch of fresh local foods.

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Tips for Seasonal Eating

Use Our Michigan Produce Seasonality Guide

Our Seasonal Eating Chart helps you understand when produce is available in Michigan. Plan your weekly meals around what’s available at your farmers market or in the local produce section of your grocer.

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Find Great Seasonal Eating Recipes

Check out tried and true recipes in our blog or our MI Ingredient Guide for ideas on how to use local produce. Farmers at market are another great resource and are often happy to share their recipes with you!

MI Seasonality Chart
Michigan Seasonality Chart

Join a CSA

Consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm. Each week, you’ll receive a weekly box of just-picked produce, recipe ideas, and storage tips. There are MANY ways to CSA – check out the Michigan CSA Network for more details.

CSA Share

Preserve Local Food for Winter

Save the flavors of summer by canning, freezing, drying, and properly storing so you can enjoy it all winter long. Read our how-to guide here for ideas. It’s an economical way to eat well year-round.

Download our seasonal produce storage guide, an easy reference sheet on storing your favorite produce.

Make the Most of the Colder Months

During the winter months, enjoy what you’ve preserved. Supplement soups, applesauce, fruits, veggies, and meats with local bread, hoop house salad greens, eggs, milk, cheese, and storage crops like squash, carrots, beets, and onions.

Storing Seasonal Produce How to

Want to Dive Deeper into Local Seasonal Eating?

We offer a variety of resources to support anyone looking to add more local food to their diet. Check out our Find Food and Farms database to find local producers in your community, follow us on social, and pick up our Local Food Guide for recipes, stories, local business listings, and more!