There are so many reasons to eat local, seasonal foods. In doing so, you support farmers in your area, the local economy, and the food you consume is more flavourful, fresh, abundant, and nutritious! Here are some tips to get you started on your seasonal eating journey.
Visit Your Local Farmers Market
By shopping at your local farmers market, you’ll form personal relationships with sustainable local farmers (like Spragg’s!). Not only will the food you purchase be fresh, but shopping seasonally also can mean saving money!
Consume Nutrition-Rich and Immune Boosting Foods
Build your immune system for Calgary’s chilly winters! Squash promotes healthy eyesight. Beets help to prevent heart and liver disease. Pumpkin seeds are great for lowering cholesterol, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C!
Stock Up on Fall Fruits
Fall fruits are rich in colour, flavour, and taste! Apples, cranberries, pears, and pomegranates have essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Pick Up In-Season Veggies
We love fall veggies! Get your fill of cabbage, brussels sprouts, rutabaga, and cauliflower this season. These nutritious veggies contain glucosinolates, which has cancer-fighting abilities.
Because of Alberta’s harsh climate, it’s hard to grow fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year. Get the family together for a fun afternoon of canning! You can preserve fall’s best seasonal foods for delicious winter meals.
Be Adventurous With New Recipes
Not sure where to begin? Check out these recipes to help ease you into seasonal eating. They’re straightforward, and simple to cook. You’ll be a seasonal eating expert in no time.
How are you planning to eat seasonally this fall? Let us know by commenting below.
Spragg’s stocks a wide variety of fresh produce and local delicacies. Visit our two retail locations in Calgary and Rosemary. We also have a booth at The Calgary Farmer’s Market every Thurs-Sun!