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When shopping at the grocery store, eating out at a restaurant, or grabbing a snack from the Catty Shack, it is important to know where the food you’re about to eat is coming from.  Food often travels hundreds or thousands of miles to get to us, and we often overlook how many resources are used in the transportation process.

Want to “go green” with your eating habits?  Start reading the labels at the grocery store to find out where food was produced.  Figure out what you can buy from local farmers.  And the topic of today, find out what is in season in your area.

While you’re at Linfield, refer to this guide to see when locally grown products are available in Oregon.  Summer is quickly approaching, which means a variety of delicious foods will be in season!  It is almost mid-May now, and this means it is the perfect time to eat:

Garden

Photo from the Linfield Garden Club

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips

Are you heading home or somewhere besides Oregon for the summer?  The Natural Resources Defense Council’s very easy-to-use Eat Local Guide tells you what’s in season for every state.  Add it to your bookmarks for easy reference throughout the year!

If you’re interested in learning more about local and seasonal foods, check out Linfield’s new community garden next to Renshaw Hall.  Refer to the Garden Club website to get involved.

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