Consider this: Buying local produce can reduce the environmental damage caused by shipping food from all over the world.
According to the National Resources Defense Council, NRDC, 270 million pounds of grapes are shipped every year from Chile to Los Angeles. These grapes are shipped on cargo ships which put out more than 7,000 tons of global warming pollution. This is enough pollution to cause hundreds of missed school days in California and dozens of asthma attacks in children.
Another benefit to buying locally and seasonally is the opportunity to create seasonal dishes for your menu. With the produce being fresh and local the dishes will not only taste better but will be appealing to your consumers.
Bananas, strawberries, guava, cabbage and more are in season in Florida. Apples are in season in Colorado. Cucumbers, summer squash and scallions are in season in South Carolina, and spinach and asparagus are in season in Indiana. If you are curious what is in season in your neck of the woods find out here.