November's best options for local fruits and vegetables

Cutting on snacks, working out, staying away from sugar and not purchasing processed foods are all great ideas to improve one’s diet, thus one’s health. But there’s something a lot of people seem to forget when trying to improve the quality of the food they eat. Cooking with local fruits and vegetables is crucially important, both for one’s health and ecological footprint.

Local fruits and vegetables in markets across Canada

But making the right call at the supermarket is often hard. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best options there are for fruits and vegetables at markets and grocery stores of Canada’s largest urban areas. This list will be published monthly, so you’ll always know what your local options are. When an asterisk follows a fruit or a vegetable, be quick on your heels. That means it’s going out of season very soon.

Note that we worked with many sources to compile this list of fruits and vegetables, some of which didn’t specify whether produce was from the field or the greenhouse. Unless provenance is specified, use common sense. In November, tomatoes are rarely from the fields.

This list serves as an indication of what’s most likely to be local in your area. Whether we end up being right or wrong depends on a grocer’s suppliers and their policies regarding local sourcing.

Oh and in case you’re wondering what to do with all those, have a look at the Pinterest board we prepared. You’ll also be able to save the most money on these produce on YP Shopwise: click here to download the iOS app, and here to install the Android app.

That being said, here are your best options for local produce across Canada


Montreal

Apple
Beet
Broccoli *
Brussels sprout
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower *
Celery *
Celery root
Chicory *
Cranberry
Cucumber *
Eggplant *
Leek
Mushroom
Onion
Parsnip
Pear
Potato
Pumpkin *
Radishe *
Rutabaga
Spinache
Squash
Sunchoke
Tomato

Toronto

Apple *
Beet *
Bok choy *
Brussels sprout *
Carrot
Cauliflower *
Crabapple *
Cranberrie *
Cucumber
Garlic
Green and red cabbage
Leek
Lettuce
Mushroom
Onion
Parsnip
Pear
Peppers
Potato
Radish *
Rutabaga
Squash
Tomato

Calgary & Edmonton

Artichoke *
Beet
Carrot
Cauliflower *
Garlic
Green, red, Chinese and Savoy cabbage
Leek
Mushroom
Onions
Parsnip
Pepper *
Potato
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Squashe
Turnip
Tomato (greenhouse) *

Vancouver

Apple
Beet
Broccoli
Brussels sprout
Carrot
Cauliflower *
Celery
Green, red and Savoy cabbage
Kale
Kiwi
Leek
Lettuce head *
Mustard greens *
Parsnip
Pears
Pumpkin *
Quince *
Red and yellow onion
Red, russet, yellow and white potatoes
Rutabaga
Swiss chard *
Tomato
White turnip
Winter squash


Sources

Trousse À la soupe! | Quebec Seasonal Produce Calendar

Harvest Ontario | What’s In Season – Ontario fresh fruit & vegetable availability guide

Seasonal Ontario Food | A List of Ontario Available Produce by Month

Foodland Ontario | Availability guide

Farm Folk City Folk | Get Local in Southwest BC

Sobeys | What’s in Season in the Western Provinces

About Food | Alberta Fruits and Vegetables

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