I believe in the Slow Food Movement (see sidebar for research by Anita Stewart). Because of this, I think that it is so important that each person tries to use ingredients that are grown close to home. Luckily, I live in Ontario, Canada where fabulous produce is available year round, thanks to the greenhouses and amazing farmers.
Foodland Ontario has come up with a list of availability for fruits and vegetables in Ontario throughout the year. Search the Internet to find out when fresh and local produce in available in your area too!
* If you are looking for recipes for this fabulous produce check out this blog: Seasonal Ontario Food