Growing your own food is a wonderful way to achieve better health, soak up more nutrients and enjoy better tasting produce than what’s on the shelves at your local grocery store.
If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market in your area and compared the taste of those foods to the waxy ones at your local chain grocery store, you’ve probably noticed a difference in the quality of taste and flavor.
That’s because the farmer’s market has what’s in season for you. Some foods sitting at the store are there even though the food isn’t actually at its seasonal peak. Many grocery chains transport food and ensure it’ll be preserved on the shelves as long as possible.
This is why if you are buying fruits and vegetables out of season you are wasting money. One of my biggest tips to shopping produce on a budget is to buy things in season.
Check out some of my printables to help you shop on a budget here.
The taste might be bland at best. Who wants to overpay for strawberries and then your kids won’t eat them because they have no flavor.
When you’re growing your own vegetables and fruits, you’ll ensure maximum flavor by growing the plants in the right season. Instead of having to pick the produce early in order to get it to shelves on time, you’ll be able to harvest it naturally on the vine so that it produces the most flavor possible.
The focus on taste is only half the benefits of growing in season. In-season produce is also more healthy for you because it becomes more packed with nutrients. Buying or growing local in-season produce is also better for the environment because it reduces the carbon footprint needed to transport the harvest.
Plus, when you buy seasonal produce, it’s cheaper. Growing your own food, you’ll be saving on the cost of the food plants anyway, but it’s still a perk to eating seasonal produce.
Give it a try in your garden and see how big of a difference it makes when you pick a juicy, plump blackberry off the vine in the summer versus when you have one from the store in the winter.
For more gardening tips check out these:
- Kid-Friendly Herbs & Herb Garden Kits
- Smart Gardening Gadgets That Help You Succeed
- How to Plant Your Herb Garden
- The Best Vegetables to Grow During Winter Months
- How to Grow Delicious and Nutritious Microgreens