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Spring Produce Heart

There are countless reasons to love the springtime! The start of warmer temperatures, fresh air, blooming flowers, baby animals, and of course –  FOOD!! Eating local, fresh, seasonal foods can even help alleviate some of the not-so-nice aspects of springtime, like seasonal allergies, by helping your body acclimate to environmental elements native to your area.

Get out and enjoy the season! Visit local farmers’ markets and your local grocer to sample some of the season’s best.

Seasonal goodies will vary by region, but here’s an abbreviated list of yummy foods that should be fresh and abundant this season:

Fruit

  • avocados
  • blueberries
  • boysenberries
  • cherries
  • key limes
  • lemons
  • loquats
  • mangoes
  • oranges (blood, navel)
  • red current
  • strawberries

Herbs

  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Green Tea
  • Mint

Vegetables

  • artichokes
  • arugula
  • asparagus
  • beets
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • cucumbers
  • dandelion greens
  • fava beans
  • fennel
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • mushrooms (chanterelle, morel, shiitake)
  • mustard greens
  • new potatoes
  • peas
  • radishes
  • rhubarb
  • scallions
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • tomatillos
  • watercress

For more specific information about what’s fresh and abundant in your area, chat with some of the growers at your local farmers’ market, or check out these regional and state specific produce guides.

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