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Two Things To Ask Before You Buy Produce and What Our Favorites Are Right Now

March 13, 2017

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

If you have read TST for any length of time, you know how important it is to me to shop local. But that doesn’t just apply to goods for me, it applies to food also. When it comes to grocery shopping, and food in general, there are two important factors I like to consider before purchasing.

  1. Is it local? When products are from local farms, they are usually fresher and have better nutrition due to them not having to travel as far.
  2. Is it in season or not? Buying in season keeps my grocery bill down because the food is cheaper and it helps ensure all my meals have the most flavor in them. You can read in this post how I meal plan and how I make sure to plan my meals around what is in season.

Even though it’s winter, that doesn’t mean I have to compromise on eating fresh food and produce. Florida has some great farms and agriculture which makes it easy to eat fresh produce all year long. They don’t call it “The Sunshine State” for no reason. They have a lot of variety growing there and our family loves their products, especially Cove. He is really into berries right now, which is perfect, because blueberries and strawberries are both in season for Florida. I always love Mexican inspired dishes and all things tacos, so with green bell peppers and sweet corn in season also, my go to dishes are fajitas or enchiladas, with fresh bell peppers / onions and Mexican street corn on the side (I’ll have to share that recipe with you soon – it’s one of Ian’s favorite things I make). Look for the tag “Fresh From Florida” on your produce next time you are at the store. I’d love for you to share what recipes you have using what’s in season right now.

If you have a harder time coming up with fresh, in-season recipes or maybe you don’t have the time, Fresh From Florida lays it all out for you in these super simple charts, with some amazing recipes as well. And if you are on the go a lot, you can follow them on social media for the latest updates on what’s in season near you.


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  • Reply Laura March 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This is such an important blog post! I live in Florida myself, and this is so great to know.

    Laura | http://www.twentyteenz.com

  • Reply Tessa March 13, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love this post, buying local and buying the best produce is so important! We have huge farmer’s markets here in the midwest, those are by far my favorite to shop!! <3
    xo, Tessa – http://www.simplytess.co

  • Reply Cristina March 13, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is making me wish we had a farmer’s market like this in New Jersey



  • Reply Mary March 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    these are definitely great points to keep in mind!

  • Reply Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary March 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We don’t even get our produce at grocery stores, we just grab them from our local farmers stands. It’s certainly cheaper too!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

  • Reply ttstilse March 14, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    You have such a Beautiful family!!!

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