Spring Favorites at Your Local Farmers Market - Spring, Part 3
Spring Favorites at Your Local Farmers Market
With the weather quickly warming up, now is the time to venture out to grab some fresh fruits and vegetables. Your body is probably even craving some greens, and your local farmers market is the best place to get them.Farmers markets usually open around May each year and typically offering freshly grown, seasonal produce between spring and fall. You can find some fantastic options at your local farmers market. Some areas are lucky enough to have them year-round.I love taking my son to our local farmers market. If you have kids, it's a great place for them to learn the importance of knowing where their food comes from and that not all food comes from a grocery store.Your local farmers market is also a great place to form relationships with those that actually grow your food. It truly is an amazing experience!
Here are a few spring favorites to grab at your local farmers market:
Don’t let the appearance of artichokes scare you. This vegetable is easy to cook, delicious and full of nutrients. Adding artichokes to your diet helps lower cholesterol and supports digestion. Simply snip off the tips of the leaves and place into a pot filled about halfway with water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the artichoke is tender.
April is prime time for Asparagus! This superfood vegetable is packed full of nutrients, particularly vitamin K which is important for blood clotting. It can be prepared raw, blanched, grilled, oven-roasted, boiled or fried, making it an extremely versatile vegetable to include with any meal.Grilled asparagus is my absolute favorite! Yum!
Mid to late spring is when you can expect to see cherries being offered at farmers markets. Cherries contain high amounts of antioxidants, help reduce inflammation and aid in digestion. Snag some to whip up a nice pie or into a delicious jam.
Spring greens are probably the most prominent foods available at the farmers market. Most markets are filled with arugula, kale, bok choy, collard greens, dandelion greens, parsley, spinach, spring baby lettuce, Swiss chard and pea shoots this time of year.
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The best time to grab strawberries is during the month of April. These sweet berries are the most popular item at farmers markets and usually sell out fast. They are full of antioxidants that help regulate inflammation and protect the skin. Make sure you get to your local markets as early as possible before they run out!
Don't Delay, Go Today!
As you can see, the farmers markets in spring are abundant with great fruits and vegetables. They also add some fun and enjoyment to your food shopping experience. You get to meet the people who grow your foods and even try something you’ve never heard of before. Plus, you are contributing to your local economy, environment and supporting your body with the best nutrients possible.
What are some of your spring favorites at your local farmers market?
I love this time of year!