Buy local and seasonal food

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 a great place to buy locally produced food and a directory is available from the Australian Farmers' Markets Association or the Melbourne Community Farmers' Markets.

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 Cauliflower Berries & Currants
Cherries Chestnuts Celery Broccoli
Corn Cumquats Cumquats Cabbage (& Brussels Sprouts)
Cucumber  Figs Fennel Corn
Eggplant Ginger Ginger Cucumbers
Figs Leeks Jerusalem Artichokes Fennel
Green Peas  Melons Lemons & Limes Green, Snap & Snow Peas
Leeks Olives Olives Leeks
Melon Parsnips Parsnips Lemons & Limes
Pears Pears  Rhubarb Peppers & Chillies
Peppers (& Chillies) Quinces Sweet Potatoes Rhubarb
Tomatoes Sweet Potatoes Turnips & Swedes Zucchini & Squash
Zucchini & Squash      
(Southern Australian emphasis)

Grow your own food. The best way to eat local and seasonal food 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.