Post # 1
DH and I recently moved to Seattle, and we are noticing just how fresh everything seems to be compared to back home. It’s making me consider paying closer attention to what’s in season, and working on recipes accordingly, but I’m a little overwhelmed when I use the interwebs to help me. Do any of y’all have good, quick resources that can help me get started? Maybe blogs or cookbooks to look into?
Post # 2
I make meals that “feel” like certain seasons but sometimes I do stray from what is specifically in season. We have a pretty large garden (and chickens!) so we use that as a guideline. Whatever is in season will be the cheapest, on sale etc. If you’re paying $6 for strawberries, they aren’t in season. I’m in Florida so our growing seasons are much different than other parts of the country. My best suggestion would be to google “Slow Food Seattle”. Slow Food is basically an organization across the country that supports local, in season, grassroots food and farming. They do a lot of Slow Food dinners that will have local chefs do demonstations for in season recipes, farm tours, etc. It’s really a great way to get to know your food! Seattle is such a great place for that- I’m excited that you’re taking an interest!
Post # 3
MouthOfTheSouth: I’ll check it out, thanks!
Post # 4
I generally do because I find things just taste better during the time of year that they are supposed to grow, whether that is psychological or really a matter of quality. Also, they’re cheaper.
This is a great cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Expanded-Edition-Community-Cookbook/dp/0836194942 It’s mostly vegetarian, although not exclusively. Lots of great recipes that we use often.
Post # 5
brlabrat: I’ve noticed the taste difference, as well. It’s gotta be quality. Thanks for the cookbook rec, I’ll check it out!
Post # 6
shopping at farmer’s markets or fruit/veggie stands are only what is in season. you could look into a CSA.
i also know general prices of fruits are veggies. for example, when zucchini is $1.49/lb or less i know it is in season but when they are higher than that, especially when i see it for over $2.00 i know zuchini is not is season.
you can also check charts to show what is in season:
Post # 7
We do and we live in Portland, in the winter it is beans and chilis and stuff like that, in the summer lots and lots of berries and fruits, fall tons of apples and pears. Our local farmers market is wonderful and we get most of our fresh stuff there.