Farmer’s Market Finds: What’s In Season For Spring
It’s time to celebrate the vibrant flavors of spring. We’re sharing a shopping guide and several recipes to help you savor the season’s best produce.
Spring is blooming and the farmer’s markets will soon follow suit with a bounty of seasonal produce. Unfortunately, the spring season is a bit of a tease—Mother Nature likes to flirt with warmer temps without making a commitment. Regardless, the somewhat scarce markets will be filled with fresh fruits and veggies before long, so we’re sharing what to look for, and make, when springtime produce hits the shelves.
Why should you rotate seasonal foods in your kitchen?
Eating seasonally helps increase the variety of fruits and vegetables (and thus, vitamins and minerals) on your plate. Flavors are brighter since the produce is grown in the right conditions and picked when ripe—also when nutrients levels are highest. Seasonal eating is also environmentally friendly because the produce tends to be grown closer, with less distance to travel. The abundance of fresh produce makes prices easier on the wallet, too (hello affordable strawberries). Another bonus? Reaching for what’s in season first, then finding recipes, helps get your creative juices flowing!
Seasonal Spring Produce
You can find a Virginia specific guide here.
The following recipes (along with this delish asparagus chickpea quinoa salad) not only feature seasonal veggies, but would also make a nice addition to a holiday brunch or get-together.
We’ve got a veggie-heavy brunch stunner, an asparagus flatbread for happy hour tapas, and a gorgeous spring veggie crostini—the perfect party appetizer. Enjoy!