If you want to buy fresh, locally-grown produce but aren’t sure what’s ripe or in season, an interactive ingredient map at foodie web site Epicurious can help you figure it out.
The Flash-based map lets you search by state or month to see when fruits and vegetables are fresh in your area. You’ll get a full run-down including a description of what each food is, its nutritional value, and suggested recipes for how to prepare it.
Some of the states are in the middle of a dormant growing season right now, but the tool reminds you to “opt for items from storage, such as apples, pears, and root vegetables.” The map is particularly handy for getting a look at future growing seasons so you plan ahead if you like to can or have your heart set on being first in line for Iowa corn.
Are you making an effort to shop for locally-grown food this year? How do you stay on top of what’s fresh and available in your area? Let us know in the comments.