Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's In Season, Virginia - JUNE

I have only recently discovered the importance of eating local and supporting local agriculture (Eight Reasons to Eat Local Foods.) Eating local food goes hand in hand with eating what's in season. Stepping in a supermarket produce aisle can make it seem like every fruit and vegetable is in season year round. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Local Foods from About.com is a great resource to find out what's in season in your location. I've decided to help spread the word to Virginians on what produce is local every month in our state. These posts will be titled "What's In Season, Virginia."


Here's a list of produce in season for the month of June:
Basil
Blueberries
Cabbage
Chard
Collard Greens
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Green beans
Greens
Green Onions
Kale
Melons
Mushrooms (wild)
Nectarines
Peaches
Peas 
Peppers (sweet)
Radishes
Scallions
Snap peas/Snow peas/Pea pods
Summer Squash
Strawberries
Watermelons
Zucchini


And here's a list of the produce available year-round in Virginia:
Arugula
Beets
Carrots
Cilantro
Leeks
Lettuce
Mint
Mushrooms (cultivated)
Onions
Oregano
Parsley
Sage
Sorrel
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Thyme



I have made the pledge to buy locally grown food from Virginia Farmers every week, and so should you! Since I have committed to spending at least 10 dollars on locally grown food every week, I have made it my mission to try to visit as many farmer's markets in the area as possible.


This week I stopped by the Lakeside Farmer's Market in Northside.They are open Wednesdays 8am-12pm & 3pm-7pm, and Saturdays 8am-12pm. I almost made the mistake of bringing my pup Lucy, but I'm glad I didn't, because they don't allow pets. 





I spent an easy 15 bucks on summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, and blueberries. :)






I encourage you to check out the farmer's markets in your area! 


<3 Lauren