Savoring the Seasons: Embracing the Tradition of Seasonal Eating

Today, I want to delve into a topic of seasonal eating and food preservation. I’d love to hear your stories and favorite recipes related to preserving food. You see, back in the day, our grandparents, especially here in West Virginia, were masters of food preservation. They’d can vegetables, store them in root cellars, and make sure we had tasty, nutritious meals year-round.

Seasonal eating wasn’t just a choice; it was a necessity. Certain foods were only available during specific times of the year. Fast forward to today, and thanks to modern technology, we can find almost anything at any time. Those winter veggies? They’re grown south of the equator and shipped right up here. It sounds convenient, but it comes with a cost—both economically and environmentally.

What we’ve lost in this shift is the purity of seasonal eating. Think about how our ancestors lived. They cherished the moment when apples were ripe, potatoes were harvested, and nuts were gathered, right about now, just before autumn kicks in. It was a time of plenty, and they’d preserve these treasures for the cold months ahead.

Today, it’s a whole different ballgame. We’re accustomed to packaged and processed foods, often filled with preservatives and chemicals. It’s not what we were meant to eat. The tomatoes you buy from the big stores, rock-hard and flavorless, have been engineered and selected for their transportability. Compare that to local farmer’s market tomatoes, juicy and bursting with flavor.

When you embrace seasonal eating and support local produce, you’re not only doing your body good but also helping the environment and your local economy. Remember, all that shipping uses tons of energy. So, what’s the difference between that shipped tomato and the one from your farmer’s market? It’s all about taste, quality, and freshness.

As we approach the season of abundance, take a moment to visit your local farmer’s market and explore the goodness of seasonal foods. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, and lentils—they’re all about to make a grand entrance. Enjoy the freshness and variety, and if you have any cherished memories of canning or food prep with your family, share them. Let’s reconnect with our roots and savor the true essence of seasonal eating.

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