Now that it's finally springtime, the Regional Market is busy with more vendors and more veggies and you'll begin to see smaller Farmer's Markets cropping up all around the area. If you're new to the idea of local foods, it's good to know what's in season and starting this time of year there's a lot. Right now, in early May, you can find fresh asparagus, spinach, radishes, rhubarb, and broccoli. I like to use fresh spinach as a lettuce substitute for salads and sandwiches or combine it with some asparagus and fresh eggs from a local farm to make a frittata (great for any meal of the day). That's one combination that I can't resist so I'll be sharing a recipe for that in the near future. Rhubarb is great for desserts or jam and radishes are a great vegetable to spice up a salad. Broccoli is extremely versatile because you can use it on a salad, throw it a stir fry, or pack it into a pita with hummus and some red onion. Also, broccoli is native to New York (interesting fun fact) so it's plentiful this time of year and would be a perfect addition if you have a small garden since it's definitely suitable for this climate. So if you haven't yet or it's been awhile, stop by a farmer's market soon to enjoy some great spring produce. And check back for some recipes featuring our spring harvest items soon! Happy shopping!
P.S. If you don't live in New York, or just want a great resource for checking what's in season all year, check out sustainabletable.org where you can find what's in season for every region in the US.