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Buy local and seasonal food

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Locally produced food grown in sync with the seasons is fresher and requires less energy to produce and transport to you.

Eating local and seasonal food supports local producers and the production of crops that are appropriate to our environment. It alleviates the reliance on long-distance transport and refrigeration of foods that are grown thousands of kilometres away. Foods grown in sync with the seasons are more in tune with our intuitive nutritional needs; after all, who wants a cucumber sandwich in the middle of winter?

How to do it now!

Buy & eat local and seasonal food!

Farmers markets are the best place to buy locally produced food and a great directory is available from the Australian Farmers' Markets Association or try the Geelong Farmers Market.

Foods in season throughout the year

Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Apricots  Avocado (Fuerte) Beetroots  Asparagus 
Beans  Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts)  Broccoli  Avocado (Hass)
Berries & Currants Cauliflower Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts)  Beetroots 
Celery  Celery  Cauliflowers  Berries & currants
Cherries  Chestnuts  Celery  Broccoli 
Corn  Cumquats  Cumquats Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts) 
Cucumber Figs Fennel Corn
Eggplants  Ginger Ginger Cucumbers
Figs Leeks  Jerusalem Artichokes Fennel 
Green pea Melons Lemons & Limes Green, Snap & Snow pea, 
Leeks  Olives  Olives  Leeks 
Melon  Parsnips  Parsnips  Lemon & Lime
Pears Pears  Rhubarb  Peppers & chillies
Peppers (& Chillies)  Quinces  Sweet Potatoes Rhubarb 
Tomatoes Sweet Potatoes Turnips & swedes Zucchini & Squash
Zucchini & Squash Tomatoes     

 (Southern Australian emphasis)

Grow your own food - The best way to get local and seasonal is to use your own backyard! You can have a veggie garden all year round with seasonal vegetables. (See our 'Grow your own Food' action).

Why is this action important?

Changing our eating habits is a simple way to reduce our impact on the environment, address climate change (via reduced transport and industrial energy) and support local communities and farmers. You'll benefit from an interesting and diverse diet year round and support organisations like the Australian Farmers' Markets Association, which advocate low-impact farming and produce diversity.