I always find it difficult this time of year to eat fresh, local produce. Most of the farmers markets are closed for the winter and I am left going to the grocery store to pick up fruits and veggies. Lately, I have been walking into Whole Foods and seeing what look to be fresh berries in the front. Now I know those could not have come from anywhere around here. I think we get this idea in our heads that Whole Foods has only fresh, organic, natural, local food. But, sadly, this is far from the truth. The good thing though about the store is they do label everything and the place where the food came from is easily visible. So, I walked up to the berries and saw they all came from Mexico and most were not organic. I wasn't very surprised since it is December but it made me start to wonder what was fresh, local, and easily available this time of year as a substitute. I found this list below. I thought it was cute and simple.
My suggestion if you want berries or other fruits year-round is that you pick up dried or frozen options. They are great in cereals or baked goods.
The one thing this list does not mention are foods grown year-round. I have done a little research and came up with the list below:
Apples, avocados, bananas, bell peppers, broccolini, carrots, celery, coconut, lettuce, mushrooms, olives, onions, potatoes...to see more visit this site here. They have compiled extensive lists of what is fresh and available in each season.
A lot on this list is not local in my area (such as bananas). I still have to check labels when I get to the grocery store but this is a good starting point.