So you’ve been told that it’s cheaper to eat seasonally, but what exactly does that mean to be practicing seasonal eating?

Seasonal eating is exactly what it implies. To eat foods that are available during their natural growing season. Foods that are purchased and eaten right around the time that they are harvested.

Seasonal foods just taste better. They are fresher, sweeter, and are more nutritious than food that was picked green and shipped from wherever. Ever had a homegrown heirloom tomato right off the vine? I have and it tastes nothing like those baseball tomatoes you buy at the grocery store year-round.

Right now, here in Western Pennsylvania, the growing season really hasn’t started yet. In fact, as I write this today, they are calling for the temperature high to be 60, however, Sunday’s high is only going to be in the 30’s. I simply cannot wait until I can get out there and plant my small garden. 

In case you don’t know what fruits and vegetables are in season when, the following chart will help you figure that out.









Apples Apples Apples Apples
Avocado Apricots Apricots Bananas
Bananas Asparagus Avocado Beets
Beets Avocado Bananas Bell Peppers
Brussels Sprouts Bananas Beets Broccoli
Cabbage Broccoli Bell Peppers Brussels Sprouts
Carrots Cabbage Blackberries Cabbage
Celery Carrots Blueberries Carrots
Grapefruit Celery Carrots Cauliflower
Kale Collard Greens Cantaloupe/ Muskmelons Celery
Leeks Garlic Celery Collard Greens
Lemons Greens (cooking) Cherries Cranberries
Onions Lettuce Collard Greens Garlic
Oranges Mushrooms Corn Ginger
Parsnips Onions Cucumbers Grapes
Pears Peas Eggplant Greens (cooking)
Pineapple Pineapple Garlic Green Beans
Potatoes Radishes Green Beans Kale
Pumpkins Rhubarb Honeydew Melon Lettuce
Rutabagas Spinach Kiwifruit Mangos
Sweet Potatoes and Yams Strawberries Lima Beans Mushrooms
Turnips Swiss Chard Mangos Onions
Winter Squash Turnips Nectarines Parsnips
Okra Peas
Peaches Pears
Plums Pineapple
Raspberries Potatoes
Strawberries Pumpkins
Summer Squash & Zucchini Radishes
Tomatillos Raspberries
Tomatoes Rutabagas
Watermelon Spinach
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Swiss Chard
Winter Squash