Healthy Measures: Get fresh!
It is now the time when farmerís markets are open and many local farms offer pick your own produce or you can purchase just-picked vegetables and fruit at their road-side stands. In addition to getting fresh, tasty produce in season, itís a sure way to help you get your daily requirements for vegetables and fruit servings based on Canadaís Food Guide.
Here is a quick snapshot of when locally-grown vegetables and fruit are in season:
June - July: This is the time when the first crops of local asparagus, peas, radicchio, lettuce, cherries and strawberries make their debut at farmerís markets and grocery shelves.
Soy ginger glazed asparagus
August Ė September: These are the best months for locally grown tomatoes, beans, eggplant, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, blueberries, peaches, watermelons and plums.
Wild rice pilaf with broccoli and cauliflower
October Ė November: The fall season is best known for hearty vegetables like Brussels sprouts, carrots, red onions, pumpkins, squash and fruits like apples and pears.
Autumn chicken and squash dinner
Check out Foodland Ontario for a year-round availability guide for Ontario produce and other recipes.
For more information:
Do you have questions on nutrition and healthy eating? Contact EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 to speak to a Registered Dietitian for free.