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Savoring the Seasons: The Joy of Eating Local

Jun 28, 2024 09:38AM ● By Erin Hostetler

In North Carolina, we are fortunate to grow our own food year-round, though not all foods thrive simultaneously. For instance, asparagus produces tender spears for only a few weeks each spring, while cilantro grows best in spring and fall, avoiding the summer heat.

Warm-season crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, green beans, okra and summer squash are harvested from May to September. This period is flanked by cool seasons (September to April) when leafy greens and both bulb and root vegetables flourish.

Each season has its purpose—growth, harvest and rest. Eating locally and seasonally connects us to Mother Earth’s rhythms, maximizing the nutritional value of our food. With fewer food miles, there’s less time between harvest and our plates, preserving vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in fresh produce. Additionally, buying from local farmers supports the local economy and builds community resilience.

While grocery stores offer a variety of produce year-round, including asparagus, fresh berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, and exotic items like bananas, consider the benefits of local, in-season produce. Accept the challenge of buying locally grown items and experience the difference. We can also try planting our own herbs or green beans at home. 

Embrace the joy of eating local and savor the seasonal bounty.

Erin Hostetler is the owner of The Patio Farmer and encourages small steps toward understanding and experiencing nourishing food in new ways. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

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