When it comes to shopping at your local store it seems increasingly confusing to know what veggies are actually at there peak locally and which are flown in from Argentina and look really tempting.
When possible, I try to buy vegetables that are in season for a couple of reasons. First, perhaps most importantly, they taste better. These are the veggies that can be grown and harvested locally. The longer they can stay on the farm, the longer they have to ripen, the better they will taste. Not to mention the more nutrients they will contain. OK, so I recently bought avocados from Mexico. What can I say? I am a sucker for them, regardless of the season. That doesn't mean I am proud of myself.
Secondly, if the veggies are grown locally we know that they haven't been using tons of fuel to fly across the country, or internationally. In addition, we will be supporting our local communities and promoting sustainability.
There is a site with great information and lists of produce in season called Fruits & Veggies More Matters.