Seasonal Foods (List of foods in Illinois)


The change of seasons brings the opportunities of eating a variety of local seasonal foods. So, we should look at seasons not only from the weather-changing point of view, but from the diversity-in-foods point of view as well.

Seasons also provide more balanced ecosystems, so we should appreciate and be thankful for having them.

Local seasonal foods are fresher, provide more nutrients, taste better and are better for the environment, assuming that they were grown organically, without chemicals and from organic seeds, not the genetically modified ones.

According to the National Resources Defense Council, most produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets sold. Food traveling from South America to California could travel as much as 6000 miles!

Transporting foods all over the country comes with a high cost in terms of fuel consumed, time needed for transportation, vehicles maintenance, road accidents, pollution created in environment and more.

We should buy our foods from our local farmers as much as possible; this will also assure local economic growth. In exchange, our farmers should be committed to produce organic foods and give up the chemicals which are proven to produce diseases and contaminate our environment, including our underground water.

A good communication between the producers and consumers will assure that each part gets what is needed and wanted from the other part.

We could really have better, more healthful food with less frustration if we set our standards high and demand the best for our money.


Illinois Time of Year Fresh Produce
April (early) Asparagus, Lettuce, Onions , Peas, Spinach
April (late) Asparagus, Lettuce, Onions , Peas, Spinach
May (early) Asparagus, Cabbage, Cherries , Greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions , Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Strawberries
May (late) Asparagus, Cabbage, Cherries , Greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions , Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Strawberries
June (early) Apples, Asparagus, Beans, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cherries , Eggplant, Garlic, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries , Tomatoes, Turnips
June (late) Apples, Asparagus, Beans, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cherries , Eggplant, Garlic, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries , Tomatoes, Turnips
July (early) Apples, Artichokes , Beans, Bell Pepper, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cherries , Corn , Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Horseradish, Leeks, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips
July (late) Apples, Artichokes , Beans, Bell Pepper, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cherries , Corn , Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Horseradish, Leeks, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips
August (early) Apples, Artichokes , Beans, Bell Pepper, Berries , Carrots , Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Herbs, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
August (late) Apples, Artichokes , Beans, Bell Pepper, Berries , Carrots , Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Herbs, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
September (early) Apples, Bell Pepper, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Herbs, Horseradish, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
September (late) Apples, Bell Pepper, Berries , Cabbage, Carrots , Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Herbs, Horseradish, Lettuce, Melons, Nectarines, Okra , Onions , Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
October (early) Apples, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Greens, Herbs, Horseradish, Lettuce, Okra , Onions , Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
October (late) Apples, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn , Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Greens, Herbs, Horseradish, Lettuce, Okra , Onions , Peas, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes , Tomatoes, Turnips
November (early) Apples, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Garlic, Greens, Horseradish, Onions , Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes
November (late) Apples, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Garlic, Greens, Horseradish, Onions , Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

Source(s):
http://www.agr.state.il.us/markets/WhatsInSeason.pdf


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