August and Leading Into Fall Harvest!

Fall HarvestSpring and summer are always said to be the abundant seasons but you will be surprised what the fall has to offer.  Take some time over the next few months exploring fall and the abundant amount of fruits and vegetables available.  You will be surprised to learn that there are actually more things in season in September than most other months in the year.

Here is a list of what you can enjoy: Apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, dill, figs, grapes, greens, melons, okra, onions, pears, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, yams, artichokes, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage, chile peppers, curly kale, french beans, garlic, horseradish, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, nectarines, new potatoes, peaches, plums, pumpkins, red onions, spinach.

Now, check out the article I wrote on how to choose organic and locally grown foods to prepare low glycemic index meals all month.  Use this as a tool to plan your next trip to the farmers market, fresh fruit and vegetable stand or grocery store.  Also, notice the high amount of cruciferous vegetables available during the fall months ahead!  Remember the benefits they will have to balance out your estrogen levels!  Add these to as many meals as possible to see the biggest benefits.
While shopping, if you can stick to a local market, the advantage you will see will be in the taste!  Produce that’s eaten shortly after it’s harvested tastes better than produce that’s been wrapped in plastic and trucked from another state. Vegetables that don’t have to make such a journey can be selected for their unique flavor rather than their ability to withstand mechanical harvesting and shipping.

Food purchased during its peak season will also be less expensive and by shopping local, you will support a farmer who lives just down the road.

So get out there, stock up on locally grown, in season, fruits and vegetables and make them the center of your meals! Enjoy!