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by Lydia Krupinski

I’ve been thinking a lot about eating seasonally lately. With it being early February I’ve found myself desperate for fresh greens and veggies. But then I wonder – what in the world is in season this time of year?

What I discovered were not only the choice produce items for the month – but also some fantastic websites that give targeted recommendations of what’s best to eat in your region now. Epicurious has a national Peak-Season Map that provides a list of produce for individual states. Going a step further, Smarter Living;s ‘eat local‘ pages highlight suggestions and the farmer’s markets in the area that will carry the goods.

So when planning your upcoming meals and grocery trips, pop onto one of these two sites before heading out. You’ll find that you’ll be living, and saving, green in the process.

To celebrate the people and places that make Chicago green, Mindful Metropolis is accepting nominations for its “Best of Mindful Chicago” list. Visit their site to cast your ballot for your favorite green destinations: from restaurants and boutiques, to blogs and bookstores.

“Nominate people, businesses, organizations and communities that deserve recognition for the way they incorporate mindful practices. These practices may include any or all of the following: use of green products, use of sustainable materials, recycling initiatives, holistic healing, fostering of community, kindness and compassion. These businesses and organizations make a difference in the lives of their clients, patrons and community by making sure every facet is mindful.” Mindful Metropolis