12 Months Of Fresh Fruit & Veg

Knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season gives you a clue as to what produce is likely to be on sale at given times in the year. At the very least, it can help you plan your shopping list and skip the expensive, out of season items. It can give you ideas for menu planning, as well; there’s a reason that holiday favorites are popular at certain times of the year.

Bananas, potatoes, and celery seem to always be in season. For bananas, at least, I think it’s because they have to be shipped into just about everywhere. There are a few holes in this list, admittedly. I didn’t find a clear season for carrots, parsnips, and a few other vegetables and fruits.

If you want to go all out on saving money on your food, having an idea of what’s in season tells you when to buy produce. While you can buy out of season produce fresh, it may be worth your while to can or preserve some of your preferred fruits or vegetables during the months that they’re cheap.

For anyone trying to buy locally, through farmer’s markets or CSAs, having a good idea of seasonal produce is also important. You’ll have a better idea of what to expect. And with certain ‘farmers’ looking to take advantage of the local trend, you’ll be able to do a little due diligence on what you buy.