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The best way to stay healthy, protect the environment, and to also stay healthy is to eat foods that are in season. Every month of the year, different foods become available on the Ontario market and you can save money by eating foods grown by local farmers because you are not paying the price of transportation. Foods that are grown locally are better for you, especially they are organic, as they are handled less and not refrigerated or rotting as the result of being transported over long distances. It is also socially and environmentally more responsible to support your local farmer’s market rather than the transnational corporations that insist on selling handled food with additives in supermarkets,

September Seasonal Vegetables in Ontario

Seasonal vegetables to look out for during the month of September include:

Beans – Beans of every kind are in late season and can be added to soups, stews, curries, salads, or eaten on their own.

Beets -Beets are in abundance and can be baked, broiled, boiled, and pickled in vinegar.

Broccoli and Cauliflower – Both vegetables can be steamed, baked, and boiled as well as pickled and eaten raw.

Cabbage- Cabbage can be steamed, baked, fried, or boiled and is often used to make coleslaw or cabbage soup.

Celery – Celery can be served raw with a dip, added to salads and cooked in soups, sauces, curries and stews

Chard and Kale – Steam chard tastes great steamed or boiled with a little salt and apple cider vinegar.

Corn – BBQ corn still in its husk for a tasty fall treat or use it in side dishes or pickled in a relish

Cucumber – Cucumber is best raw in salads or served with sour cream or yogurt or with cream cheese in a sandwich

Eggplant – Eggplant tastes great is curries or stews or baked on its own with parmesan. It is also suited to Italian dishes.

Garlic – Organically grown garlic is plentiful in the fall so this is a good time to stock up on these cloves which if put in cool, dry place can last all winter.

Green beans – You can boil, broil or steam green beans and add them hot or cold to soups and sauces or eat as a side dish.

Kale – Kale leaves can be dried in the oven, spiced, and served as chips. Dried kale can also be ground finely and sprinkled on other foods.

Pepper – Red, green, yellow or orange, peppers can be roasted and filled with a protein and starch, added to sauces and stews or eaten raw in salads

Potatoes – Potatoes are cheap and plentiful and can be baked, broiled, boiled and mashed

Pumpkins – Pumpkin flesh can be baked, made into soup or sauces, added to stews or curries or turned into pies and baked goods

Squash – Squash can be baked, added to curries and stews, and barbecued.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are abundant in the fall and cooked or raw can be added to salads, sandwiches, stews, soups, and made into sauces and relishes.

September Seasonal Fruits in Ontario

Seasonal fruits to look out for during the month of august include:

Apples – Apples can be eaten raw, added to salads, added to baked goods or made into pes

Blueberries, Raspberries– Eat raw or by themselves or add to a salad or smoothy or eat it cooked in cereals, pies, and jams

Pears, Peaches Nectarines and Plums,– Eat these stone fruits raw, add to stews or bbq the sliced fruit; create sauces, jam, and pies

Grapes – Eat grapes raw, frozen, or make them into a jelly or wine.

Good places to buy local fruits and vegetables are your small local markets as well as Farmer’s markets. Remember that when you do this, you are not only optimizing your nutrition, you are also supporting small businesses and local farmers that may be struggling right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Remember that eating well is part of a healthy and active lifestyle that is also supportive of the balance in your bank account. Of course, not every one of these foods is appropriate for every health situation and dietary counseling is recommended for you if you have a specific health concern. If you are recovering from an illness or trying to lose weight we can help you find your focus to optimize your health. Services provided here at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare center include naturopathic testing, dietary counseling, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and intravenous infusion therapy. You can find out more about us on our website, call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that 

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