Eating with the Seasons
As with the mark of any passing time, there is a shift. Not only with nature; shorter days and colder temperatures, but within ourselves as well. It's a time to reflect. Out with the old and in with the new.
My go-to, virtual spirit guide, Mystic Mama recommends some Fall rituals to connect to ourselves.
Fall is my favorite season for produce. The foods are super grounding; root vegetables, warm dishes, cozy spices.
We are meant to live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment. Each season has it's own rhythm for us to align with, both on a cellular and spiritual level. Many of the foods that grow during each season are there to support us as our environmental changes.
However, this concept can be foreign. We've come quite far from our roots and connection with nature in our modern, daily lives. We have to relearn our practices, tune in with what foods resonate with us and how our bodies are reacting to the new seasons. Sound confusing? Let’s talk! That’s exactly what I’m here for.
In the meantime, here’s a general guideline on how we can navigate eating seasonally…
It's a new season, yet you’re seeing the same things in your grocery store that were there all summer...hmm. This is because not all of the produce in our supermarkets are in season. In order to get these fruits and veggies, stores will import them from where they can grow all year round, making it more expensive and less fresh. For the optimal freshness, go to your local farmers market or buy through a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The benefits? Your food will be fresher, taste better and you'll be supporting local, sustainable farmers.
Farmers markets and CSAs will have organic options (sometimes "organic" certifications are hard for farmers to obtain, so they sell "pesticide-free" produce - make sure to ask!). Organic (or pesticide-free) is better for the environment and for your health because it..
Avoids toxic pesticides
Does not drain chemicals into the water
Does not disrupt wildlife
Reduces fossil fuel consumption
Is higher in antioxidants
The following foods are in season for both New York and California: apples, arugula, basil, beets, blackberries, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, corn, collard greens, cucumbers, kale, lavender, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, peaches, pears, plums, pumpkin, radishes, sage, sweet potatoes, thyme, tomatoes
Fave NYC farmers market: Union Square on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays all year-round. They have all the seasonal goods here (including apple cider donuts..swoon!) and a place to bring your compost.
Fave LA farmers market: Melrose Place on Sundays, partly because its manageable, mostly because it's right next to Alfred Tea Room.