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Seasonal and simple app is now available

Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Harrison County, University of Missouri Extension


screenshot of Seasonal and simple appThe Seasonal and simple smart phone application is now available in both IOS and Android versions. The application is FREE to download (see links at bottom of article) or you can find the online version at


The application is based on the MU Extension publication Seasonal and simple: A guide for enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. Seasonal and simple offers information on a variety of vegetables and fruits that are grown locally in Missouri, including familiar produce such as apples and broccoli, and some that you might not know what to do with like okra and kohlrabi. Seasonal and simple has a chart showing when each item is in season locally. It also provides nutritional information and explains how to select and prepare the fruit or vegetable, including what part(s) are edible and how to store each part.


Both the hard copy and the online/app version have a variety of serving suggestions and recipes for each vegetable or fruit. They include hot and cold options and a mix of cooking methods. Most recipes are pretty simple to make. You can watch Chef Brook Harlan demonstrate four of the recipes – links are listed under “Food demonstration videos” at Chef Harlan shows the basics of preparing and cooking the foods. He also talks about how to expand your skills and experiment with recipes and techniques with other vegetables and fruits.


A feature that was added to the online and app version is a “Find it” option that enables consumers to find farmers markets in or near each Missouri county.


Download the Seasonal and simple app for free and have it with you on your phone or other device at your local farmers market, produce stand or grocery store to know what the perfect fruit or vegetable should look, feel and smell like before you purchase it. You can also pick a recipe while you are at the market and get all the ingredients you will need in one trip. Then go home and enjoy your fresh produce in a simple meal or snack.


To obtain Seasonal and simple:


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