It might not feel like you’re affecting a big change just by shopping for fruit and vegetables that are in season, but think of it this way: if something isn’t in season here in Australia, that usually means it’s been transported to your grocer or supermarket from another part of the world.
Buying local reduces transportation and is a big part of reducing the carbon footprint of your groceries. While not everyone has the opportunity to access something like a farmer’s market, trying to shop as close to the farmer as we possibly can helps to reduce the need for transport, refrigeration and storage.
Buying local, in-season produce means you’re getting the most delicious possible version of that tomato or strawberry at their peak for flavour. To help remind you of what’s coming in and out of season, try saving the food calendar from the CSIRO to your phone before your next shop.