It's the end of July, and this past week the best deals at my local grocery store were grapes, watermelon, cantalope, and fresh corn. These fruits and this grain are in season, abundant, and very economical at the moment. My less than one-hundred percent plant-based son is requesting, devouring, and commenting on how delicious these foods are. I've had to remind my wife that I should be able to have a little of the cantaloupe and watermelon I've prepared and cooled in the refrigerator for refreshing afternoon snacks. Some of these foods I grow on my organic farm but are not ready; others, specifically corn, I don't bother with at 6,500 feet in elevation, only an acre of greenhouse space, and a very short time to grow things. Also, I am very grateful is that these healthy snacks and sides are quick and easy to prepare. At the moment, I do not believe it's incorrect to say we have fallen in love with flavor of seasonal produce at the peak of its perfection.
Simplicity. It applies to everything, especially the habit of healthy eating! One of my greatest discoveries is that it is more economical, appealing, and arguably better for our health to eat in season. Purchasing, simply preparing, and eating fresh fruits and veggies this way is wise. It is the Zen of nutrition. For starters, these snacks have only one ingredient. What's more, the steps required to prepare them are minimal (cut, cube, store in a container that seals, and cool in the refrigerator). Because these plants are being grown, harvested, and eaten naturally, they are delicious. I find it amazing how much easier it's been to convince my family to eat fresh, raw foods this week. In fact, I don't have to say a thing. They simply want to eat this way.
Learn how to select the best fruit, and I can almost guarantee that you and those you feed will fall in love. Last year Victor, a favorite produce clerk at my local store, taught me how to choose the best watermelon. Since then, it's become one of my family's favorite summertime treats. If you don't have personal access to a living expert, look it up on line. A little research and mindfulness at the store or market will pay big dividends in both your personal health and those you love. Eating in season is affordable, simple, and out-of-this-world delicious.