What is Seasonal?
All living creatures (humans included) go through seasonal changes. Whether it is hibernation, pollination, dormancy, or bikini season, all creatures' forms change throughout the year. This is especially true for the Midwest which experiences all the extremities of all four seasons and therefore gives its plants and animals seasonality.
Different plants require unique environmental conditions including time, water, sunlight, soil, and temperature in order to bear fruit and seeds. The end result is an ever changing array of the fruits, veggies, nuts, and grains that we enjoy so much. However, the modern age has allowed us to shop at super markets with the same produce being offered year round. When we shop at large super markets, we are buying fruits and vegetables that have been shipped in from distant states and countries whose seasons differ from our area. This has given our generation the impression that all fruits and vegetables are always in season. However, quite the opposite is true.
Buying seasonally requires us to not only buy what is in season but to also buy it locally grown. The best place to experience locally grown seasonal produce is at your local Farmer's Market.
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