Learning to Eat in Season
Consumers are accustomed to walking into the grocery store and finding a wide selection of fruits and vegetables at any time of the year. What many don’t realize is that foods actually grow in certain seasons – learning to eat in season is an important lesson Geechie Boy Mill tries to share with its customers and the community.
All the produce sold at the Geechie Boy Market is grown on the farm – taken straight from the garden and fields to the market often in the same day. That means customers won’t find the vast selection of a grocery store but they will find fresh, local and delicious produce. We also provide a place for other local businesses to showcase their smoked heritage bacon, handmade pastas and other gourmet products – all part of our commitment to living and eating local.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, eating in season means eating what’s available when it’s meant to be available. Sometimes the season ends a little early because of weather conditions. Sometimes good weather brings a bumper crop. You have to be able to flow with Mother Nature and the season you’re given.
All the broccoli, tomatoes, okra and squash available at Geechie Boy Market comes right from the surrounding fields so it’s an opportunity to educate the public on what grows well in our region and at what times of the year. Many people don’t know where a strawberry comes from or understand that we can’t grow fresh tomatoes year-round.
It’s a chance for us to offer an inside look at how food is grown and to help people appreciate the benefits and learn to eat in season. As this article from The Christian Science Monitor notes, “Eating with the seasons can enhance our food experiences while encouraging us to rotate foods in and out of our diet as nature clearly intended.”
Stop by Geechie Boy Market and see what’s for sale. Feel free to ask us about the seasons, why we grow what we do and get connected to the land and what it produces. You’ll soon discover and appreciate that there’s a rhythm to each season and purpose for each plant.