Why Eat Seasonally?
Seasonal food is usually cheaper, definitely better for the planet, often more nutritious and most importantly... it's more delicious!
Food grown in season uses the natural resources and climate conditions it evolved to thrive upon. Seasonal food usually requires less artificial light and heat. Importing food from abroad to extend the season requires transport and storage. Working with the seasons, especially with local producers, leaves the smallest footprint on the world. It can also help smaller food businesses in your local community.
Looking forward to the season when something tastes really at its best, is an absolute joy. Food grown in season in natural conditions often tastes better because the plant is able to ripen properly. Out of season produce is often picked underripe and then transported and stored with chemicals or refridgeration. Farmers have to grow varieties which respond well to storage rather than taste.
In season food requires fewer costly artificial inputs, so working with nature often makes it cheaper and abundant. Food eaten in season is also often more nutritious so you get more health giving properties for your money. Studies have shown that more naturally grown foods can often be more nutritionally dense than those raised with intensive methods and artificial ripening.
Get Your Kids Into The Seasons
Click on any of the months below and find lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables for that month, as well as things to grow, cook, eat and learn with your children.
Each month has growing activities to do with your children. Here you can browse through the growing activities for the whole year:
There are child-friendly recipes with seasonal produce for kids to cook every month. Here you can browse the recipes for the year:
Gardening and cooking can be used to teach children parts of school curriculum all year round, as well as basic skills and social and emotional skills and values. Here you can look through all our ideas for learning with food:
Food Familiarity Activities
Every month we provide resources for children to become more familiar with five seasonal fruits or vegetables. Here are our all of our resources to help children identify, explore, observe and taste each month: