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The Seasonal Food Guide

The Seasonal Food Guide is most comprehensive national database of seasonal food available in the US! We designed the Seasonal Food Guide website and apps to help you find out what produce is in season in your state throughout the year.

By purchasing local foods in season from local farms, your food dollar goes directly to farmers, you eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles and you'll enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Plus, local, seasonal produce just tastes better!

Why Eat Seasonally?

Eating with the seasons is a great way for consumers to help cultivate a more resilient, sustainable food system. When you purchase food that's in season from local farms, you're supporting both local farmers and the local economy. Buying seasonal food from local sources means that your food has spent less time traveling and in storage, which can significantly cut back on environmental impacts. Lastly, if you've ever had a tomato in peak season, you know this to be true: seasonal food simply tastes better! 

How it Works

Use the Seasonal Food Guide to learn when and where your favorite locally grown produce is in peak season (and has maximum flavor)! Want to know how long a produce item will be available at your local farmers' market? Wondering what's in season at other times of the year or in other states? The answers are now right at your fingertips!

The Seasonal Food Guide includes links to recipes and in depth information on local, seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, legumes and nuts from our Real Food Right Now series. Bonus: our app lets you set a calendar invite to remind you when your favorite produce item can be found at a farmers' market near you.

Seasonal Food Guide Highlights

  • We're your one stop shop for seasonality information, boasting comprehensive data on more than 140 types of fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and herbs in all 50 states!
  • We'll help you reach 'foodie' status with our food literacy resources: links to incredible recipes, factual tidbits and environmental impact data for each type of produce.
  • Don't worry, you can trust us. We sourced our data from the experts: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), state agriculture extension offices and state departments of agriculture.
  • We offer seasonality data accurate to half-month increments, so you'll never miss your favorite fruit or vegetable season!

Download the Seasonal Food Guide App!