Cooking Seasonally: How To Take Advantage Of Your Local Farmer's Market

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Fresh food is the best food.

Cooking seasonally is so easily and attainable, but you've go to stop relying on your grocery store and venture out to your nearest farmer's market. Not only will you be supporting local business, but you'll be creating farm-to-table cuisine in your own home.

These are the best times of the year to buy your favorite fresh produce:

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January/February

  • Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Lemons
  • Papaya
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March

  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Radishes
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Avocado
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April

  • Zucchini
  • Rhubarb
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Spring Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
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May

  • Okra
  • Zucchini
  • Rhubarb
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Spring Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Cherries
  • Pineapple
  • Apricots
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June

  • Corn
  • Lettuce
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
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July

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
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August

  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
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September

  • Eggplants
  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Melons
  • Pears
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October

  • Pumpkins
  • Winter squash
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes
  • Pears
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November

  • Pumpkins
  • Winter squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Cranberries
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates
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December

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Papaya
  • Pomegranates

This list isn't by any means definitive and what's in season will depend on where you are geographically.

The best part about the farmer's market is that you can talk to the person actually growing your food. Talk to them, get to know them, and learn your area's growing seasons.

Your taste buds will thank you.

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