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Spring Produce Guide

Spring Produce GuideHappy first day of Spring! It’s now time to embrace the warmer weather, beautiful blooms, and the seasonal produce. I love fruits and veggies and support in season produce. You may ask “why do I need to buy in season?” Well there are many benefits that come with purchasing in season produce so that you’re getting the most out of your produce.

1. Greater Nutritional Density

Because crops in season are picked when they are fully ripe, they contain more antioxidant, minerals and vitamins than the produce that is picked before ripened and traveling long distances to get to your plate. 

2. Community Support

When you eat seasonally and purchase foods at your local farmers market, you are supporting your local farmers in your community. This is good for the economy and also cuts down on pollution from shipping and trucking food long distances (lowers carbon footprint). 

3. Budget Friendly

When the produce you’re buying is in season they are SO MUCH cheaper. Have you every noticed at the end of March strawberries have dipped in cost? That’s because they are in season. 🙂 Who doesn’t like saving a buck and getting the most for your money? 

4. Supports Our Health

Certain seasons produce certain produce. There is no coincidence that spring produce provides us with leafy greens to help us detox, promote alkalinity and loose those extra pounds that we gained in the winter. Adapting a lifestyle to eat seasonally can promote the body’s natural healing process.

Spring Produce Guide

VEGGIES

Artichokes

Asparagus

Beets 

Broccoli

Carrots

Cauliflower

Chard

Fava Beans

Radish

Specialty Lettuce

Snap Peas

Seasonal Fruit for Spring

FRUITS

Apricots

Avocado

Grapefruit

Navel Oranges

Strawberries

Grape & Cherry Tomatoes

What are some of your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies?

Any tips that you could share to eat more seasonal and local?

xoxo, Christine

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14 Comments

  1. March 22, 2016 / 3:01 PM

    Great list! I love when it’s farmer’s market season, I need to find one around our new place.

  2. March 22, 2016 / 3:06 PM

    Great post! Eating seasonally is so important…and I always appreciate the list to keep me on track!

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
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      March 22, 2016 / 4:04 PM

      Thanks Linda! Lists are my best friends in life when it comes to accountability and staying on track. 🙂

  3. March 22, 2016 / 4:16 PM

    I love eating with the season! I always look forward to spring produce as winter comes to an end. I especially look forward to asparagus and strawberries.

  4. March 22, 2016 / 6:47 PM

    SO TRUE. Stanley’s in Chicago has crates of strawberries for $1 a crate!

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
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      March 22, 2016 / 8:42 PM

      What??? Wow that’s crazy cheap!!

  5. March 23, 2016 / 1:57 AM

    Ok this is good to know and makes sense that food that’s in season will be less expensive. I love summer berries. Don’t love paying $6 for a pint of strawberries in December (slaps forehead). Cheers!

  6. March 23, 2016 / 2:13 AM

    Great list! At our Aldi we have strawberries and blackberries for $0.99/crate so we’ve been snacking on those!

  7. March 23, 2016 / 5:23 AM

    When asparagus and avocados are in season (and cheap) I break out into a happy dance. I got through that stuff like you shouldn’t believe this time of year!

  8. March 23, 2016 / 2:03 PM

    Spring fruits and veggies are my favorite! And, your’re definitely right about the prices. My husband will complain about something being expensive, and I always tell him, “It’s because it’s not in season!”

  9. March 23, 2016 / 2:27 PM

    I will have to check out some apricots. I like them but never seem to try them at the right time of year to get a good one. I find that the fruit that is on sale is what’s most in season and going to taste the best.

  10. March 29, 2016 / 6:44 PM

    Great list! I grow things on my patio in pots, and am eagerly awaiting my spring strawberries. They are so sweet and juicy compared to the oversized store bought ones.

    My favorite seasonal foods would have to be:
    Winter: Oranges
    Spring: Strawberries and avocados
    Summer: Tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis, cucumbers, melons
    Fall: stews from late crops

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
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      March 29, 2016 / 9:49 PM

      Oh that’s nice! Especially for small spaces. I’ll have to give that a go 🙂 I especially love wild strawberries! They are so yummy. Avocados are probably my favorite spring food!

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