What is the Local Foods Wheel?
The Local Foods Wheels for the San Francisco Bay Area, Northeastern US, Southern California, and Upper Midwest are designed to help you identify what foods are grown in those regions, and what's in season at various times of the year. The wheels are 12 inches in diameter printed on card stock in bright, full color.
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How do they work?
The top piece of the wheel shows the foods that are available year-round, and the bottom piece shows foods that are available only seasonally. The top wheel turns to expose one season of the bottom wheel at a time, so that you can see what foods are available during that season. On the back of the wheel is a seasonality reference.
What do I do with it?
You can stick it on your fridge to remind you of the incredible bounty that comes from local fields; use it to teach your children (or students, if you're a teacher!) about food; or just bring it out from time to time as a reference.
We are now producing 30-inch exhibit-sized local foods wheels printed on sturdy birchwood, perfect for educational displays at farmers' markets, farmstands, urban gardens, schools, hospital cafeterias, restaurants, or stores. Learn more here>
Where do the moon names on the wheels come from?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac had a name for each moon as the seasons moved through the year. The names on our wheel are drawn largely from the almanac names. To learn more about the meaning and history of the moons, check out Jessica’s book, Full Moon Feast.
Isn’t every year different?
Yes. Weather variations from year to year can have dramatic effects on food crops, and so produce in a particular year may be very different from the information on the wheel. We’ve done the best we could, but if you go to the market planning on picking up apricots based on the wheel, and you can’t find any, we can only apologize. That’s life.