If you want to eat local produce, knowing when to buy is key. While we’ve gotten used to a well-stocked produce section festooned with flags from around the world, if you want to eat local dishes you need to identify seasonal fruits and vegetables. Nothing beats an in-season tomato, freshly picked berries, or a summer watermelon!
Thankfully, there’s a new app that lets us know when your produce is in season. Appropriately titled “Veggies in Season,” the free app by developer Victor Delgado is an easy checklist for seasonal purchasing. You can search the minimalistic app by month and view lists of in-season fruits and veggies. The interface is clean and free of any frills or distractions. It’s not perfect—we want a paid version that provided specific produce by city or county—but for a free app it makes browsing the grocery store for fresh produce a breeze.
We live in a global marketplace where produce is shipped from around the world. Sometimes this is the only way to taste exotic or out-of-season fruits and veggies. At other times, we’re foisted with cheap and hardy produce that doesn’t taste fresh so much as tough—designed to survive the rigors of international shipping and handling. Instead, try and buy fresh and local produce when you can. It’s cleaner, tastier, and better for the planet.
Veggies in Season is available for iOS 8.0 or later on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Wait…who still has an iPod Touch?