Choosing food your family like to eat is helpful. Choosing seeds and plants that produce fruit and vegetables that freeze well is important to me as well. So when I am picking out that squash I pick out the one for my zone and the one that is good for freezing. This way I can use it anytime of the year.
I grow sunflowers for fun and to feed to my goats!
I freeze all what I don’t use right away. Here tomatoes and tomatillos.
I dry my herbs, basil, thyme, sage, Lemon balm, come fall.
This will keep you in herbs through out the winter even the year.