Our grandparents, and all the generations before them, would have eaten seasonally. It wasn’t a choice, it was how it has always been, until the invention of the supermarket that is.
Traditionally we would have swapped and traded foods and if there was a good harvest on one particular variety of food then it was eaten regularly and preserved until the harvesting season was over. Nowadays we eat tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber all year round with many of the younger generation not even aware that food is grown seasonally.
Our food travels over thousands of miles to find its way onto the supermarket shelves yet food picked yesterday tastes a whole lot better and lasts longer than one flown around the globe. Do you really want your lettuce in a plastic bag or tomatoes when they have been artificially gas ripened? I use unpasteurised milk and people have said to me that they want their milk to last so would not use it but what I have found is that the milk lasts much longer than any supermarket milk I have ever bought!
When you know where your food comes from you feel more connected to it. You meet the local sellers in your area and those at local farmers’ markets. You know your local butcher and where your eggs come from and this all helps the local economy.
I buy locally and visit the supermarket only when I need to, I would rather support small independent businesses and farms rather than the large national corporations who often don’t given anything back to their community.