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    I didn't have much knowledge on which fruits and veggies are in season (therefore fresh and cheaper etc) so I googled for it. Thought I'd share the info here with you.
    I think the availability and seasonal freshness vary depending on where you live and there are certain fruits and veggies that are imported through out the year but this is what I found for my area.

    Harvest Calendar for British Columbia, Canada
    Tree fruit Typical Harvest Dates
    Apples August 15 - October 30
    Apricots July 20 - August 10
    Cherries July 1 - August 1
    Peaches July 25 - September 1
    Pears August 15 - September 30
    Prunes/Plums August 15 - September 10
    Berries & Melons
    BlackberriesJuly - August
    Blueberries June - September
    Cantaloupe August 4 - First Frost
    Loganberries June - November
    Raspberries Late June - August
    Strawberries June - August
    Watermelon August - September
    Vegetables
    Asparagus May - June 15
    Beans July onwards
    Beets July - September
    Broccoli June - September
    Sweet Corn August - September
    Cucumbers July - September
    Garlic July onwards
    Lettuce June onwards
    Peas June-July
    Peppersend July - first frost
    Hot Peppers early August - first frost
    Pumpkins September 10 - end October
    Radishes June onwards
    Tomatoes July - first frost


    http://www.pickyourown.org/CABCharvestcalendar.htm

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    Thanks moomies. I have a similar WWF calendar for Switzerland in one of my kitchen's cupboards
    I try to buy fruit and vegetables in season and possibly not coming from the other side of the world. For example, the asparagus season is coming in spring, and here you already see loads of asparagus coming from Mexico. I have to fight hard not to give in
    Of course for fruit like ananas or mango that don't grow around here I have no choice (apart from not eating any ), but having e.g. strawberries all year long is insane. I'd rather eat frozen local fruit and vegetables than fresh ones involving tons of fuel to be shipped all over the planet.
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    I won't even begin to describe when Southern Hemisphere fruits/veggies are in season. Suffice it to say that the shops are full of delicious, fresh asparagus at Christmas LOL
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    Tomatos are expensive right now here (eps at damn Safeway) cuz they are usually imported from Florida and they've just had some hurricanes that resulted in bad crop/harvest there. At Wendy's (here in Van), they won't put a tomato slice in your burger unless requested (way to make fastfood burgers even less healthy...).
    Local tomatos are much cheaper and available from produce stores, though.

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    I just bought some really nice tomatoes from Choices. I think they were organic, and I don't know from where, but they were the best tomatoes I've had in quite some time! Very red, very juicy, nice and tasty! Probably a bit expensive, but I think they were worth it. I grow my own tomatoes in the summer. Home grown tomatoes are the best!

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    I agree - you can't beat home-grown. They have that gorgeous smell. I'm not sure why even farmers market tomatoes don't have that special flavour/smell.

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