Have you ever bought a watermelon in the middle of the winter and wondered how it was made possible? It was obviously not in season, so it was transported into your local grocery store from miles, and miles away.
When food is transported long distances you have to take into consideration how fresh is it when it finally reaches your table. When was it picked? And how long has it been sitting in a truck to get to Maine?
It’s time to start thinking about seasonal crops and take advantage of Maine’s natural resources. When you go shopping at the grocery store, make a list of meals you want to prepare for the week and incorporate seasonal fruits and veggies into each of your meals.
This month fruits and veggies in season include blueberries, broccoli, carrots, mint, pea pods, squash, and zucchini to name a few. The growing season for each crop is fairly short in the Northeast, but a list of crops in Maine can be found here, along with their growing season.
Often times at grocery stores like Hannaford, they provide local, seasonal, fruits and vegetables. Hannaford buys from local farms and is passionate about local produce with their "Close to Home" magazine and produce throughout the store. Often times what is in stock and on sale is the seasonal produce.
Throw this month's seasonal veggies into a frying pan with a little olive oil and garlic you’ve got yourself a stir fry to serve over steamed rice. Or head out to the grill and fire them up with olive oil and a dash of seasoning and pair with grilled chicken or couscous.