Shopping with the seasons
A basic understanding of seasonality can be one of the most powerful tools you possess when looking to purchase sustainably produced food. Food that’s naturally ripened, harvested at its peak, and abundant in season is not only tastier but is also much cheaper at the checkout. Food harvested out of season, however, is picked before it is ripe, then stored and transported long distances to get to the consumer. The Illawarra’s temperate climate gives us distinctive seasons, perfect for the local cultivation of a wide variety of seasonal produce.
IN THE ILLAWARRA
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What's the deal with seasonal food?
The Importance of Eating Seasonally
Alison McAleese is an experienced dietitian specialising in public health and obesity prevention. She also has a keen interest in reducing inequalities related to food nutrition. Over the past 12 years she has worked in community nutrition education, project development and public health roles in Australia and the UK. For the past 6 years Alison has been the Healthy Lifestyles Campaigns Manager at Cancer Council Victoria.