Here’s the Most Affordable Winter Produce to Save On
Blog | November 1st, 2018
Thoughts of upcoming holidays can sum up the best of winter’s produce. From sweet potato soufflé and squash casserole to pecans nestled in a warm pie crust, the harvest of winter will bring togetherness around the table and in the kitchen.
Not only does produce in season taste immeasurably better, but the cost is also lower because it is available in abundance. Those affordable prices bring more consumers too. The more we purchase, the more we financially help local farmers and entire communities.
When foods are in season we get them at their peak freshness which means they will last longer. This, in turn, saves you money by decreasing the amount of food that spoils in your household. Additionally, when you buy locally, you can rest assured that the produce has not been picked too early. Early harvesting is often a measure taken to push produce to last through long shipments to faraway places.
Purchasing seasonal items from locals vs. mass producers, also makes it likely that you can buy organic at reasonable prices. Organic options save you from ingesting harmful pesticides, which is a huge plus. Many times, the organic section of a large chain grocery store looks pretty sad and shriveled. Nobody wants to load up on already deteriorating produce! That isn’t what we look forward to when we shop in season.
Summer has its own specialties, but winter can definitely give it a run for its money. You can’t lose with winners like roasted brussels sprouts, collards served with a holiday ham, or pecan and date filled cookies. Casserole ideas are endless.
While flavors and prices are their best, take advantage of the season to literally warm the kitchen with your oven while cooking up foods that will serve more than just one meal. And while you’re at it, these healthy options are great for keeping the immune system active to naturally ward off colds and flu. Instead, spend those doctor visit fees on enjoying winters bounty!
As festive as chestnuts over an open fire can be, it isn’t all about the holidays. Whether your need is a simple meal for one, healthy snacking or setting a festive atmosphere with decorative winter squash, rely on these fruits and veggies to get you through the season.