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What to Eat This Spring

Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods


5/3/2013 1:01:45 AM

Nice article....but I sure don't know WHERE apricots are a "spring fruit"!! But then, I live in the Northwest..... maybe in the far south they bloom mid-winter...and set fruit by end of spring???

Oh, and artichokes do NOT need to be boiled for an hour if you own a microwave and only want to cook one! I do mine for 10 min and let sit for 10 min. Pull open the leaves before you cook them, and fill with water. Place upright in a covered glass container or plastic bag, preferably with the heart up a few inches ---I use a quart pyrex measuring cup, and the big ones don't slide down.... Cook on high, let sit, turn over to drain and enjoy!!
7/3/2011 9:22:54 AM

JESSALOU7's SparkPage
Pretty cool! I clicked the link ( and right away I saw a link to Pleasant Valley Farm in Tionesta, PA. My friend Emily is the owner of the farm, but I never knew she had a blog about it. A great reminder to buy local fresh foods!
3/23/2011 2:30:58 PM

MOSTLYH2O's SparkPage
One of the bestest things I did this year was get a CSA box delivered (Community Supported Agriculture) -- a local farm delivers a box of fresh fruits and veggies once a month; it's really encouraged me to try new things (Kale! Fennel! Bok Choy!) which has been a treat for my palate. Plus I feel good knowing I'm supporting local farmers. From the farmer's markets near us I get my bread and eggs as well as any additional produce I don't get in my CSA box. I really really try to just not use anything out of season any more. Better for the environment and more affordable too!
3/23/2011 10:53:06 AM

I am working on my garden so I will have most of my fresh vegetables and herbs at my fingertips. Of course the Farmers Market is great for those things that you do not grow in your garden. Nothing beats fresh.
3/23/2011 7:56:02 AM

The only time I care about what's "in" is PRODUCE SEASON! (And boy, do I CARE!). I've been looking for a list like this; thank you!!
4/8/2010 2:08:42 PM

This is a wonderfully, timely article for me. It coincided my recent efforts to become healthier and my reading Barbara Kingsolvers's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : a Year of Food Life, which is inspiring me to eat with more deliberation. Upon reading the article, I went to a directory of CSAs that is searchable by zip code. Thanks for nudging me in the right direction.
4/8/2010 1:40:41 PM

Great ideas! I'm waiting for my local Farmer's Market to open, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they offer. I've also tried to grow herbs indoors hydoponically, but with limited success. I haven't given up, though.
4/8/2010 11:08:49 AM

We own a farmers market. It is Larson's Melon Market which is open from Aug till the end of October. We raise about 50 acres of watermelons, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, and cantalope. We also buy local honey, popcorn, onions, and apples to sell at our market. We have a very large amount of people waiting for our market to open as they too love the fresh fruit and vegtables. If you are watching your grocery budget most of the time the produce at the Farmers Markets are less expensive also. I liked your article very much!
3/8/2010 11:45:00 PM

You can grow an indoor garden. There are kits at Sur La Table but you can also get Basil, chives, parsley and cilantro plants at home depot... they do nicely indoors.
10/15/2009 9:33:05 PM

What about those of us who live in areas where things don't grow very well & only have a small farmer's market a few short months per year? :(
4/12/2009 3:06:01 PM

Do the CSA also, great for trying new things, still grow more veggies in own garden. really blessed live just a couple miles from orchard, 2 pick -your- own farms, several farm stands, and 3 farmers markets - we eat fresh and good!
3/23/2009 1:38:21 PM

I would love to have a farmers market close to me but we don't. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere and our only grocery store is Walmart which is still 25 miles away. Maybe someday I will have the option to buy fresh!
3/20/2009 4:41:27 PM

I love my CSA!!! It's great having these veggies I would never think to buy in the supermarket dropped on me. I see it as a challenge and have discovered some incredibly tasty veggies, all while supporting a local farm. The only thing that could be better is if they had milk and eggs available, but I've been to the Clover Stornetta farm and seen how well the animals are kept, so I'm happy to support them too.
3/20/2009 1:27:07 PM

SUGGYS's SparkPage
Ever since I was a young girl I've been surrounded with agricultural landscape and wonderful climate living here in California. Enjoying a shopping trip through a local farmer's market has become a necessary part of my life. It is also a nice way to keep up with your old neighbors and possibly getting to know new one's as well. I look forward to our farmer's market especially in these difficult economic times because not only am I doing something good and healthy for me and my family, I am also saving us money while at the same time I am doing something good for the local farmer's .
3/20/2009 12:42:03 PM

Like MAHLIGIRL, I belong to a local organic CSA, because that's the only affordable way to buy organic that I've found. DH and I are putting some of our back yard into garden this year, so we'll be able to expand the organic produce we eat.

For those of you who don't already know this, LOADS of Spring produce is heavily saturated with pesticides, so be very careful what you buy and eat, and especially what you feed to young children.

Check our the relative pesticide loads on non-organic Spring produce here:

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