Gardensimply.comis a great little site I found with tips for plants and shubs, composting, vermicomposting, pest management and How To DIY’s. There’s also a “Reading Room” with recommendations such as Simply in Season which I bought for Chris for her birthday and it’s wonderful.
It is a great resource for living and eating within the seasons. Pumpkins and squash in fall, potatoes, legumes and starches in winter, etc.
I love cooking and experimenting with food. This book offers some delicious options, like Pumpkin Bisque.
Six reasons to eat simply in season:
1. Freshness – Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually harvested the same day as they are purchased. Produce from across the country can’t be that fresh.
2. Taste – Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness has more flavor. Taste the difference.
3. Nutrition – Fresh, fully ripe produce contains more nutrients than food that is past its peak of freshness or was harvested before it ripened fully.
4. Variety – Farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high yields, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful unusual varieties you will never find on supermarket shelves.
5. Environment – The environmental impacts of growing and shipping produce, sometimes halfway around the world, are enormous.
6. Local Health – Buying seasonal produce from your farmers’ market or from neighborhood farms supports your local economy, increasing the local quality of life for everyone