organic food - what's in season?
As consumers, we are accustomed to buying conventional fruit and
vegetables in the supermarket all year round.
When purchasing organic produce we need to adjust our buying
Generally the availability of organic produce clearly marks the
Some crops, for example lettuce can be grown throughout the year
and the growing season of some crops can be extended by the use of cold
frames, polytunnels and greenhouses.
However the cost of running heated greenhouses is expensive and
keeping away pests without the use of chemical sprays is labour intensive.
Have you seen the price of organic tomatoes in winter?
So generally it pays to stick to buying what's in season.
Where to buy locally grown, fresh and seasonal
Check out this guide to local
Due to regional differences across
the United States, we do not have a seasonal availability guide.
For New Zealand, you can download this handy
Fruit and Vegetable availability guide from the Commonsense
Organics web site.
Please note: You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Fruit &
Vegetable availability guide. You can download the latest
1. Fedor, John. 2001. Organic Gardening for the 21st
Century. Random House. New Zealand.