Five Reasons Why You Should Eat Seasonally
Probably one of the most obvious things you may have noticed since purchasing your produce from The Organic Place is that your favourite fruit and vegetables may not be available all year round like they seem to be at your local supermarket. There is a perfectly good reason for this: the produce that The Organic Place sources from the local market is fresh and in season. For some people, the words ‘in season’ is not a very familiar concept. And why would it be when most of us have grown up with any and every fruit and vegetable available in the supermarkets all year round?
Basically ‘in season’ means that different fruits and vegetables grow better and more easily at certain times of the year. That is the way things naturally occur due to the different seasons of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. And there are so many reasons why eating produce that is in season is better for you, your community and your environment.
Fresher, tastier food
The Organic Place produce comes to you straight from the market on Market Day, and the produce from the market is straight from local farms. That is why it is so fresh and tasty: there is only a short amount of time from when the produce is harvested to when it arrives at your door. At the supermarket, on the other hand, we don’t know how long the produce has been stored for before it is put on the shelves, nor for how long it is out on the floor. Fruit and vegetables from overseas may also have been travelling for a long time before they even arrived in the country, let alone made it to the supermarket. How fresh can they be and what have they been exposed to along the way? Furthermore, what has been done to them to help ‘preserve’ their appearance while they travel? I think we all know the answer to that: they can’t be very fresh if they have been transported for so long, and if anything has been added to them to make them keep up their appearance, it probably isn’t something
Better for your body nutritionally
Funnily enough, ‘nature’s way’ is not just a great catch phrase: things in nature are the way they are for good reason. Winter vegetables like potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and leeks, as I’m sure you know, are excellent for warming, anti-bacterial soups and stews. Summer vegetables and fruits like cucumber, watermelon and pineapple have amazing hydrating properties. It is no coincidence that this produce is available when it is. It is nature’s way of having the right food for our bodies for the right season. If you try to grow produce in the incorrect season, it is more likely to require extra unnatural assistance to aid its growth. Seasonal produce grows abundantly and easily in the right conditions. Furthermore, that local fruit, plucked from the tree one day, and at the market and your fruit bowl the next, is obviously going to retain much more nutritional value than something plucked early in another country, left to mature on its long journey overseas in a stuffy box, and be bumped around before winding up at the local supermarket.
Supports local and is cheaper
Leading on from the last point; do we really know anything about the produce from overseas and the regulations as to how it was grown? The Organic Place sources only certified organic fruit and vegetables and every Thursday we list on our website which farms your produce has come from that day. Not only does that give you peace of mind that you are receiving the freshest, certified organic produce, but you will notice that all these farms are from local communities. (This will also decrease your carbon footprint, another win for the environment). There is no doubt that by purchasing from our local suppliers, we support our Australian economy and hopefully if more people buy, a higher demand means cheaper prices and more produce sown. Produce that is in season is typically cheaper anyway because it is easier to grow without any chemicals and is thus also better for the environment. By buying seasonally, you are getting the best deal for your dollar.
Try something new
While this may not be as life-changing as the other reasons, by eating seasonally you may come across fruit and vegetables that you may have otherwise never seen or tried. In our Facebook The Organic Place Community Group, members often ask what certain vegetables are and how they can use them. A barrage of shared recipes often ensues and we have introduced Try Something New Tuesdays for this exact reason. We love for our community to try and share new recipes. Taking part in Meat-free Mondays is also another great way to experiment with your organic fruit and vegetables in new ways. You may find a new family favourite dish! In addition, eating a wider range of fruit and vegetables can only have a positive effect on our bodies.
Makes you appreciate what you have
It sounds a bit corny but in our busy lives that are inundated with technology and everything we want available at the click of a button, it is so refreshing to try and live the way our grandparents did. Since eating organic, one the hardest things I’ve had to deal with is probably explaining to my child why they have to wait until their favourite fruit or vegetable comes back in season. In our society where people expect instant gratification, this can be great opportunity to educate about our world, about having patience, and once again to appreciate that good things come to those who wait.
So, make your own healthy lunch box snacks, order some of that freshly baked Zeally Bay Sourdough, make a new dinner with ingredients that came from the farm just down the road, teach your children (and yourselves) how to cook that strange vegetable that no one has ever seen or tasted before.
We were meant to eat seasonally for a reason: it’s fresher, tastier, healthier – it’s natural! And don’t worry – if you purchase something that is not available at the market on a particular week, we give you a store credit for that item, so you never lose any money. We also pop some extra fruit or vegetables in your bag free of charge. We hope this sheds some light on why we do what we do and how The Organic Place works. Feel free to contact us if you would like any more information.