March officially marks the first month of spring, which is simply another reason to enjoy the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits this time of year! If you’re wondering where to start and what foods are considered “in season” for spring, today I’m sharing with you all a list of beautiful spring produce.
Why is it important to eat seasonally? Eating seasonally is a way for all of us to support local farmers, our communities, and also support our earth by reducing the carbon footprint (i.e. reducing the amount of trucks driving thousands of miles from farm to our supermarkets) and allowing us to get the freshest produce right next door!
Understandably, we eat foods that aren’t “technically” seasonal, for example bananas. Most of us eat those year round yet they’re not grown local to many of us, nor every season. Eating locally is our chance to get the freshest and most nutritious fruits and vegetables local to our community. An added bonus of eating locally and seasonally is the affordability. Most often I hear that “healthy food is expensive”, but when you’re shopping locally and utilizing your local farmers markets, you’ll find you will be saving a lot more than spending.
I always look forward to going to the farmers markets and seeing the result of the farmers’ hard work. They proudly display beautiful baskets full of dark leafy greens, beans, root vegetables, and much more. Here is a list of common produce you’ll find in season this spring.
In season for spring |
- Strawberries (late spring)
- Fava beans
- Sugar snap peas
- Mushrooms (morels)
- Dandelion greens
Ways to enjoy this season’s produce include some of my favorites salads, soups, and raw dishes. Think of keeping it light, refreshing, and simple to truly embrace this seasons crops. For example, my favorite spring inspired salad that includes 4 spring vegetables is my Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy spring produce? Share below!
Eat well, live well, be well,
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN