Today’s post is going to highlight what produce is in season for Ontario this summer (US friends – check out your friendly USDA seasonal produce listings here!). I want to highlight this to you for 3 reasons:
- Buying local and within your own country supports your economy, farmers, and everyone in between who makes it all happen. Look at the signs in your grocery store and try your best to buy local produce. If you don’t see something or want to inquire about where something was grown, ask a staff member! You deserve to know. Better yet, hit up farmers markets around your city and support the farmer directly. YAY!
- Produce that doesn’t travel far retains more nutrients and fresher quality due to less travel time I’ve included a little nutrition blurb about a few of the items so you can see the great nutrients you’ll be getting.
- Buying stuff in season means it is cheaper!
So here you go – Brought to you by Foodland Ontario, my favourite new resource as I turn into a total food hippie 😛
- Cherries (ON) – deep red cherries can help reduce inflammation and are known to contain melatonin (hormone that helps you sleep)
- Strawberries – high in vitamin C to help support your immune system (*always* important, not just in winter)
- Asparagus – like broccoli, asparagus is high in sulphur, a potent compound needed for proper liver detoxification.
- Green Onions
- Watermelon – source of L-citrulline which supports a healthy cardiovascular system
- Field Tomatoes – source of lycopene, a great antioxidant and important nutrient for men as it aids in prostate health.
- Garlic – my favourite food, hands down. My favourite even before I learned it was incredibly supportive to your liver, immune system and skin. Total win!
- Pears – keep the skin on and you’ll be eating a good amount of fibre, which helps keep the large intestine (colon) working well.
- Acorn Squash – source of B vitamins and vitamin A to keep your eyes healthy. Bake/roast the seeds for a delicious snack.
- Parsnips – try these delicious roots as a substitute for potatoes next time you make fries!