Spring has sprung and now is a great time to start thinking about all of the healthy fruits and veggies that are now in season! If you enjoy gardening, now is a good time to start planting some of your favorite foods, while also getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors.
What are the benefits of purchasing fruits and vegetables that are in season?
- You’ll save money! Fruits and vegetables that are in season are less expensive. The farmers have a higher supply of these foods so they are able to sell them at a cheaper price.
- Eating seasonally supports the economy. When we buy in season produce, we typically are buying foods that were locally grown – this is good for the economy, environment and your wallet!
- Adds variety to your diet. Eating foods that are in season will help you to consume a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, each providing different nutrients.
Why should I start gardening?
- You’ll save money! The packets of seeds at the grocery store are very inexpensive. If you properly care for your garden, you can grow an abundance of fruits and veggies.
- Your produce will be cleaner. Conventional produce at the grocery store is sprayed with pesticides to ensure crop growth. If you are growing your own foods, you have the opportunity to grow food free of pesticides.
- Enjoy garden-fresh, nutrient-dense foods. If you are growing your own foods, the foods can be enjoyed at their peak ripeness, which is when they will provide the most nutrients.
- Burn calories! According to the Centers for Disease Control, gardening is considered “moderate cardiovascular exercise.” Gardening 30 to 45 minutes per day can burn around 150 to 300 calories.
- Feel a sense of accomplishment. Eating foods that you grew yourself should make you feel proud!
Where can I find good resources to get started gardening?
Here are a few of my favorite gardening resources – they are specific to Georgia so if you live in a different geographical region, be sure to look for gardening resources specific to your area:
- Georgia Organic’s Planting Calendar
- Georgia Organic’s Harvesting Calendar
- UGA – Vegetable Garden Calendar
If you don’t have a green thumb, that’s okay! You can still be aware of the different fruits and vegetables that are in season and make an effort to purchase these items weekly.
|Fruits and vegetables in season during March, April, and May|
|Apricots||Chives||Mango||Red leaf lettuce|
|Artichokes||Collard greens||Manoa lettuce||Rhubarb|
|Asparagus||Corn||Morel mushrooms||Snow peas|
|Barbados cherries||Fava beans||Mustard greens||Sorrel|
|Bitter melon||Fiddlehead ferns||Pea pods||Spring baby lettuce|
|Butter lettuce||Honeydew||Pineapple||Swiss chard|
|Cactus||Jackfruit||Purple asparagus||Vidalea onions|