But it is not only local food but also seasonal food that you should eat. Sonoma County is wine county and I live right at the conjunction of three famous wine producing valleys, Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River. There are vineyards everywhere you look. Yet people will go to the grocery story in March and buy grapes. There aren’t any grapes on the vines in March. There aren’t even any leaves.
These grocery store grapes must be from the Southern Hemisphere and they were probably picked before they were ripe, possibly grown in countries where pesticide regulation is poor and shipped long distances, using fossil fuels. They are typically more expensive, less nutritious and less tasty than the same fruit grown locally and harvested in season.
Plus from an energetic standpoint, grapes herald the autumn and mark the declining of the sun in the sky and prepare us for winter. Eating them in March is completely out of harmony with the blossoming, increasing and expanding energy of spring.
As in all things, I’m not a purest. I think it’s fine to have a banana or a mango, on occasion, even if you don’t live in the tropics. But these should be treats, not dietary staples. To be balanced internally, you must also be balanced with your surroundings.
What’s wrong with eating bananas? Nothing if you live where they grow. So wherever you live, eat locally and seasonally. Here’s a handy little tool for knowing what local foods are in season at least on the West Coast and parts of the Midwest.