Your Guide to Seasonal Produce in Colorado

written by Amber Lambin, dietetic intern at Metropolitan State University

Why should I eat seasonally?

Fruits and vegetables in season are fresher, tastier and more nutritious than out of season foods. Seasonal eating provides more variety and color in the diet. A colorful diet is full of many different nutrients that are essential for your body to function properly and help you feel your best!

Why should I eat locally?

It is important to eat local produce because it’s good for you and the environment too! Foods that don’t grow in Colorado have to travel long distances to get to your local grocery store and are not as fresh or quite as nutritious.

How should I eat seasonally and locally in Colorado?

Colorado has a short growing season due to the cold winter months. Most produce grows best from May through November. Some fruits and vegetables grow all year, like cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes. Follow the lists below to know when to eat what!

Spring

Arugula, kale, lettuce, spinach, turnips

Summer

Apricots, beets, broccoli, celery, cherries, peaches, summer squash, strawberries, sweet corn, watermelon

Fall

Apples, carrots, cauliflower, chile peppers, green beans, onions, pumpkins, winter squash

Always talk to your doctor and/or a dietitian about changes you plan to make to your diet. This is especially true if you are living with multiple illnesses, since not all foods are right for everyone.