What Produce is in Season for Spring and How Do I use It?

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Pasta with Ramps, Edamame and Sugar Snap Peas from Katie Workman / themom100.com.

Now that we’re in the heart of spring, the amount of amazing produce available is nothing short of inspiring.  Farmers’ markets are busting at the seams.  If you can make even one trip to a farmers’ market or even a farm with your kids, and let them see and smell the array of fresh food available at this time of year, it will do wonders in terms of opening up their eyes to how incredible this season’s food is.

  Let them pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables, ask a farmer a question or two, and take a taste of something that intrigues them — farmers are always delighted to talk with kids and let them taste their products.  

And then, put your loot to work!  Here are some suggestions for ways to do just that:over the season. 

  • Fiddleheads - these are really nice simply sauteed.
  • Greens - whatever you find in the farmers' market, toss them into a skillet, saute them up, and leave them clean and simple, maybe with some light Asian seasonings.
  • Leeks - feature them in a Leek, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche.
  • Lettuce - in spring, salads are king, such as this Baby Romaine, Chickpea, and Root Vegetable Salad with Slightly Spicy Dressing