WELCOME TO AUTUMN
Living in Australia, we’re quite fortunate that our climate is conducive to yielding an awesome variety of fresh fruit and vegetables all year round. Autumn, in particular, is a great time of the year to capitalise on the freshness of your favourite produce as this season is when most crops are ripe for harvest.
There are a couple of reasons to buy seasonal produce. The first is price. Foods in season often cost less because there is more available for sale and the farmer needs to stimulate more demand (classic supply and demand… high supply + low demand = lower price and scares supply + high demand = higher price). The best place to experience this cost benefit is at your local market where you’ll find many of your favourites in season at a discounted price.
This brings me to my second point - supporting your locals and your farmers. When you’re buying seasonal fruit and vegetables your grocery budget is going directly to your farmers and is supporting a more sustainable way of eating. Buying out of season fruit and vegetables from your supermarket all year round is a struggle to maintain and can be harmful to the environment. This is why strawberries in winter are so expensive.
Lastly, buying seasonable produce is much better for you! It’s the best way to get more of the macronutrients and vitamins fruit and vegetables provide into your system. This is because (a) the produce is ripe for eating, and (b) because the produce hasn’t been grown using as many chemicals or transported long distances (from where they’re currently in season).
Unsure of what’s seasonal in Autumn? Find out below!
The following vegetables are seasonal in Autumn
The following fruits are seasonal in Autumn: