Shopping Seasonal Produce: Spring

This week we’re taking a look at another way to shop smart in the produce section. It can seem a little backwards that processed foods can be cheaper than your fruits and veggies, but knowing what to shop for throughout the year can help you spend those healthy dollars wisely.

Not only is it good for your wallet, purchasing fresh seasonal produce is also more nutritious, and often tastes better. Eating seasonally helps support your community if sourced locally. What’s not to love?

If you pay attention to produce price trends you can usually tell what is in season by noticing when prices dip. There are quicker ways to know what to shop for each season, if you haven’t been penciling down your produce prices.

Below is a list of some fruits and veggies in season in the U.S. durning Spring. This array of light, detoxifying and nutrient rich produce are perfect for rejuvenating in the springtime.

Seasonal Spring Produce

  • Asparagus
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Leafy Greens (Arugula, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Kale)
  • Green Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Turnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Artichokes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms

If you want to get a little more granular with a breakdown by state and month Seasonal Food Guide is an awesome resource to find what to be on the lookout for at the grocery store/farmer’s market near you.

While season shopping is a great option, it’s not something to get too hung up on, especially if you’re just getting used to spending most of your grocery trips hanging out in the produce section. Don’t look at it as another task to add to the list, but as a little plant eating hack that is purely beneficial.

Below are 5 spring recipes to try with your next seasonal basket.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Pudding – Dietitian Debbie
Beet Hummus – Stupid Easy Paleo
Artichoke with Vegan Aioli Sauce – One Ingredient Chef
Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing – Oh She Glows
Spring Vegetable Zoodle Pasta – The Stingy Vegan

What are some of your favorite in-season eats you are looking forward to working with in the kitchen during these budding months?

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