There is so much conflicting nutritional information out there: Eat organic. Eat Paleo. Be a vegan. Chocolate is good for you. Chocolate is bad for you. It’s enough to drive you a little bit crazy! The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and lifestyle. Every person is biochemically unique and has different nutritional and dietary needs that enable them to experience optimal health. However, one nutrition principal we can all benefit from is eating seasonally.

What does that mean? It generally means eating locally grown foods that have just been harvested at their peak.

Why is this beneficial? 

  • Taste: When foods aren’t in season, they are usually harvested early (before they are ripe) and shipped long distances, which can compromise their flavor. When you eat a food in season when it’s the most flavorful, you’re more like to choose them over less nutritious options.
  • Nutrient Density: Foods not in season typically have less vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are often irradiated or contain preservatives enabling them to be stored and transported long distances. Eating seasonally gives your diet a lot of variety, which ensures that you all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Quality: When you buy foods that are in season where you live, you have a better chance of knowing where they came from and how they were grown.
  • Environment: Eating seasonal, locally grown supports local farmers and reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Price: Generally, there is a larger supply of seasonal foods, which lowers their price.

What’s in Season in New England Right Now?

  • Apples: Jul–Oct
  • Beets: Jun-Dec 
  •  Broccoli: Jun-Nov
  • Broccoli Raab: Aug-Nov
  • Brussels Sprouts: Sept-Nov 
  • Cabbage: Jun-Oct 
  •  Cauliflower: Aug-Nov
  •  Celery Root: Sept-Nov
  •  Celery: Aug-Oct
  •  Chard: May-Nov
  •  Chicories: Sept-Oct
  •  Cranberries: Oct-Dec
  • Cucumbers: Jul-Oct
  •  Eggplant: Jul-Oct
  •  Escarole: Sept-Oct
  • Fennel: Oct-Nov
  •  Garlic: Jul-Oct
  • Grapes: Sept-Oct
  • Kale: Jun-Nov
  • Kohlrabi: Sept-Oct 
  •  Mushrooms: Year-round
  • Lettuce: May-Oct
  • Melons: July-Oct 
  •  Leeks: Aug-Dec
  • Wild Mushrooms: May-Dec
  • Onions: Jul-Oct 
  • Oregano: Jun-Oct 
  •  Parsley: May-Nov
  •  Parsnips: Oct-Dec
  •  Pears: Aug-Dec
  • Peas: Jul-Oct
  •  Peppers: Jul-Oct
  • Potatoes: Jul-Dec
  • Pumpkins: Sept-Oct
  • Radicchio: Sept-Oct 
  • Rutabagas: Aug-Nov
  • Turnips: Aug-Nov
  • Watermelon: Aug-Oct 
  •  Winter Squash: Aug-Dec