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Find Seasonal Produce - 3 Guides to Help You

As we explore different ways to prepare fresh fruits and veggies for the month of June we should consider how to purchase them.  Along with considering your budget, we should consider what is in season, which also directly impacts dollars spent.

3 Guides to Help You Determine In Season Produce

There are a lot of infographics and websites that provide you with this information but we are going to share 3 here.

  1. This incredible dynamic tool, Seasonal Food Guide, enables you to find out what is seasonal by your very own location! Then filter by fruit, vegetable or herb.  Get more information or recipes as well.  Planning your meals for the next few months?  No worries, you can choose early or late for each month.
  2. Fruits and Veggies More Matters has a resource for you in the meal planning section.  "What Fruits and Vegetables are in Season?" has categories by season and then one for all year round.  Summer Season is for June, July and August.  After you choose your season, you get a giant list of all of the fruits and vegetables that are in season at that time.  Click on a fruit or vegetable, for example apricot, you get nutrition information, how to select, store and prepare them as well as a fun fact! 
  3. This Guide to Vegetables and Fruits by Whole Nine is short and helps you sort by "Clean" - no need for organic, "Dirty" buy organic as often as possible and bolds the "extra nutritious" ones.  Separated by Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Year Round.

Of course USDA has resources for seasonal produce through SNAP - Ed and the Healthy Meals Resource System.

Do you have a favorite guide?  Share it in the comments!

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.