Eating by the Season

What does eating by the seasons mean?

  • Picking your meals based on what is growing that time of the year
  • Certain foods thrive in certain seasons
  • Pollination from bees can help the flavour profile of certain foods

What are the benefits of eating seasonally?

  • Foods are more nutritionally dense
  • Foods grown out of season often need extra support such as chemical ripening
  • Studies have shown seasonality can affect the nutritional content of food
  • It tastes better – pollination – which affects the flavour
  • It is better for the environment
  • It is more cost effective


Vegetables: artichoke, beets, beet greens, bell peppers, broccolini, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, chard, corn, eggplant, fennel, garlic, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, wild mushrooms

Fruits: apples, chestnuts, cranberries, limes, melon, pears, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, tomatoes

Nuts and seeds: almonds

Meat: duck, lamb, partridge, rabbit, venison

Seafood: Lobster, clams, mussels


Vegetables: broccoli, broccolini, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, celery roots, collards, fennel, leeks, potatoes, pumpkin, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, sunchokes, turnips

Fruits: cranberries, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, oranges, persimmon, pomegranate, tamarillo, tangerines

Meat: duck, goose, partridge, quail, rabbit, venison

Shellfish: clams, crab, mussels, oysters, scallops


Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, corn, cucumber, fava beans, kale, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, turnips, zucchini

Fruit: apricots, blood oranges, grapefruit, lemon, limes, kiwi fruit, pineapple, strawberries

Meat: duck, lamb

Shellfish: crab, crayfish, mackerel


Vegetables: artichoke, arugula, beets, beet greens, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, kohlrabi, peas, radishes, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, zucchini

Fruits: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, lemons, limes, melon, mulberries, nectarines, passionfruit, peaches, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, Saskatoon berries, and sour cherries

Meat: duck, lamb

Shellfish: lobster

Where can you buy local produce in and around Calgary?

  • Calgary Farmers Market:
  • DJ’s Market: 4645 12 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5P2
  • Just Ripe fresh market Crowfoot
  • Fresh & Local Farm Outlet (Macleod Plaza)
  • Saskatoon Berry Farm 510 77 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1C3
  • Crossroads Market 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
  • Calgary Co-op
  • Sobeys and Safeway
  • Bearspaw on Sunday Mornings at 10am
  • Saturdays Spray Lakes rec centre in Cochrane

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