What is Produce Seasonality?
While you can bet there’s always healthy, delicious options for you to choose from at The Villages Grown Markets, the time of year and forecast plays a role in what we have readily available on our shelves.
The Villages Grown farm uses a controlled environment greenhouse that allows us to forego the restraints of produce seasonality, however most our local farms & artisans grow in the Great Outdoors and follow a growing schedule coinciding with the calendar months.
While we know what time of the year specific produce will grow best in the Sunshine State, we can’t always guess what Mother Nature has in store. So in turn, Mother Nature also plays a part in what will be on the shelves in our markets. The health of our local farmers’ crops is dependent on good weather.
This may not always be ideal when we’re craving some freshly picked strawberries, or have a specific recipe we’re wanting to try out, but The Villages Grown strategically partners with many different farmers and artisans in the area to bring you a wide variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.
So be sure to wish for sunny days and do a rain dance or two– but don’t worry, we promise to try and schedule the rain around the entertainment on the squares and your tee times!
No matter the season, you’ll be sure to find an ever-changing array of just-picked, local produce and artisanal goods in our markets. It’s best to check in to one of our markets, or look at our online store a couple of times a week to see what we’ve got growing on. There’s new options and specials added every day!