Friday, October 7, 2011

In-Season Produce

Everyone heads to the apple orchard in the fall... why? Because that's when there are apples on the trees. Pretty much all produce has a season or month that it is harvested, which makes it cheaper in the grocery store since there is more of it to go around. Of course, it's fresher then too! Here's a list of most of the produce you would get in the grocery store and when it's "in season." With a lot of the produce you can buy it when it's cheap and freeze or can it by itself or making it into something yummy and freeze or can that. Since apples are in season now, mom and I made some delicious apple crisp with apples from a friend's trees (watch for the recipe coming in next week's Cooking the Deals post!). We baked one for dinner that night, and sent two with my brother, two with us, and mom kept three (since we eat over there a lot!)

January & February: broccoli, cauliflower, citrus (grapefruit, lemons, oranges), leeks

March: broccoli, lettuce, mangoes, pineapple

April & May: asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, mangoes, pineapple

June: apricots, cantaloupe, cherries, corn, lettuce, peaches, strawberries, watermelon, zucchini

July: apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, green beans, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

August: apricots, cantaloupe, corn, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon

September: apples, grapes, lettuce, pumpkins, spinach, tomatoes

October: apples, broccoli, cranberries, grapes, lettuce, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, winter squash

November & December: apples, broccoli, cranberries, mushrooms, oranges, pears, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, winter squash

This was taken from: Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill by Mary Ostyn

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