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Fruits and Veggies - Seasonality Charts

Part of enjoying fruits and vegetables is consuming them when they are in season and provide the best flavor.  Although learning about seasonality can be somewhat intimidating at first, it's well worth the investment to learn about the fruits and veggies you enjoy and incorporate into meal planning the most so that you know when to look out for them and when to steer clear because the quality just isn't there.  

I have an interesting new adventure I'm going to be sharing in the next few weeks and months, and part of that has included doing research on sasonality.  Although said final product is going to be much more fun, informative and comprehensive, here are some great charts from CUESA, a non-profit out in California that focuses on cultivating a sustainable food system.  Each photo below acts as a link to these charts.

Seasonality Charts:

Photo acts as direct link to CUESA Fruit Seasonality Chart

Photo acts as direct Link to CUESA Vegetable Seasonality Chart

Local Farming - Way to go Stamford!

Stamford: The City that Works

Most of you who know me, know that I grew up in Stamford; a 120,000 person-or-so city in southwestern CT that is just close enough to NYC to have great commerce, culture, and Fortune 100 business, but also just far enough to be suburbia away from the big city.  I am very proud to say that in this 'city that works', we have a local farm going in (close to downtown) that is challenging the way most think about food and food production.

Sclafani Brands Farm is currently farming fresh produce for this city - fresh tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, winter squash, etc.  Produce that you essentially can watch grow in your backyard, purchase in your backyard, and then eat in your backyard.  While this is not revolutionary, I absolutely adore the philosophy behind this farm and the way in which Bruce Sclafani is able to so eloquently verbalize it in simple fashion.

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I usually provide links in my blogs to things I feel are important and that are one of a few things: 1. Will help you learn something in greater depth.  2. Will help you understand why it's important to challenge the status quo.  3. Will help you to take the next steps in making your health a priority.

This is one article that hits the bulls eye for number two.  Please read and let me know your thoughts!

And for you local Fairfield County folk... See you at the farmstand!