Benefits of Buying Seasonal Produce

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In today’s market, it’s normal to see the same produce available year-round. However, that doesn’t mean the quality’s the same throughout the seasons. Eating seasonally means you are simply taking advantage of the harvest schedule and enjoying produce at its peak. For this time of year, that includes foods with rich fall colors like burnt orange, deep burgundy and hunter green.


Shop for seasonal produce and reap the following benefits:

  • Fresher food—Seasonal produce likely is recently picked and hasn’t been sitting on a truck or in a warehouse for weeks.

  • Better taste—In-season produce retains its nutritional value and tastes better, sweeter and perfectly ripe. If the produce is tasty, you’ll likely eat more of it. That’s a healthy win-win.

  • Lower costs—When produce is in season, farmers harvest larger crops. The increased supply may mean lower prices for you.

  • Reduced carbon footprint—Out-of-season produce is typically imported or takes more energy to grow due to the need for greenhouses.

It’s called harvest season for a reason, so there should be plenty of fresh produce options available at your local farmers market or grocery store.


How to Stay Physically Active

Due to social distancing and gym closures, it may be tougher to be active. People are home more and likely indulging in sedentary activities—like sitting, watching TV or spending time in front of other electronic devices.

Instead of binge-watching your favorite show, consider these tips for staying active:

  • Get moving. Anything counts! Don’t focus on running or working out in a gym. Grocery shopping and cleaning the house count as exercise.

  • Go at your own pace. Ease into exercise and slowly increase as you build up your stamina.

  • Listen to your body. You know yourself best. If you start to feel dizzy or experience pain, stop and take a break.