Let’s Spring into the Growing Season!
By Mélanie Préfontaine-Darius, Communications
Spring is the purification season, as we typically eat more fresh foods, especially greens, and take in more liquids. Start each day with some stretching exercises and 2 glasses of purified water, 1 with half a fresh lemon squeezed into it. This is a good time to lighten the diet and get things in proper perspective for the year; clean up all areas of your life and make new plans. It’s also a perfect time to give your workspace a fresh look; get rid of the congestion around you, hang a plant nearby to clean the air and get started on those projects that you will reap the harvest from in the Fall.
AlberTA’s Short Growing Season
Alberta’s growing season is relatively short, so taking advantage of local fruits and vegetables requires some planning ahead. Perhaps you can organize outings with the family to a few different U-Pick farms – it is a great way to get fresh air, spend quality time together and support our local farmer’s and their families.
Now is the time to start planting our seeds in indoor greenhouse trays, and when it’s time, transplant our germinated plants to the outdoor garden beds. How exciting and rewarding it is to grow your own organic food! FYI, July to October is generally considered Alberta’s harvest season. Did you know that eating our seasonal organic whole foods and spending time outside in our environment is a great way to keep our innate (natural) immunity (non-specific antibodies that attack and kill any and all invaders) thriving and naturally evolving, this is how we were designed. Remember that the innate immunity responses are the first line of defense against invading viruses, bacteria, parasites etc. (aka pathogens), and are required to initiate specific adaptive immune responses down the line. Our innate immunity is strengthened and evolves over the years with exposure to our natural environment. Please keep your innate immunity unharmed – this is your FIRST line of defense
Below is a list of Spring Foods
|Bok choy||Collard greens|
|Brussels Sprouts||Dandelion greens|
Readily Available Fruits & Veggies In Alberta
The following list outlines the most readily available fruits and vegetables in Alberta. These are the best times to look for them in your local Farmers’ Market, buy them at the farm gate or ask for them at your local grocery store.
|Apples||Mid-July to October|
|Asian Pears||August to October|
|Asparagus||May and June|
|Beans||July to September|
|Blackberries||Mid-July to August|
|Beets||July to mid-October|
|Blueberries||Mid-July to August|
|Broccoli||June to mid-October|
|Brussel Sprouts||September to November|
|Cabbage||July to November|
|Cantaloupe||July to September|
|Celery||July and August|
|Carrots||July to November|
|Cherries||June and July|
|Cucumber||July to September|
|Eggplant||July to September|
|Gooseberries||July and August|
|Greens||June to October|
|Herbs||June to October|
|Nectarines||July and August|
|Pears||August to mid-October|
|Peas||July and August|
|Peppers||July to September|
|Potatoes||June to mid-October|
|Rhubarb||June to August|
|Raspberries||Mid-July to August|
|Pumpkins||September and October|
|Summer Squash||July to September|
|Winter Squash||August to October|
|Saskatoons||Mid-July to August|
|Strawberries||July and August|
|Sweet Corn||Mid-August to September|
|Tomatoes||July to September|
|Wild Mushrooms||Spring to fall|
Remember that with greenhouse growers, cold storage, canning and freezing, it’s easy to extend the growing season and make Alberta fruits and vegetables available for eating year-round. That said, when we incorporate the concept of eating seasonally with seasonal decluttering of our workspace and home-space, we will feel a lighter load while working, which can help set the mood/tone for a good start to each day and can translate into a more productive environment and result in more favourable outcomes.
Sources: Alberta Famer’s Market, NCBI and Staying Healthy With Nutrition – by Elson M. Haas, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD
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