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Embrace Spring's Bounty: The Many Benefits of Shopping Seasonally

Leah J
Posted by Leah J on Mar 25, 2024


It’s that time of year when nature starts to awaken with a burst of vibrant colors and flavors. Yes, springtime is emerging all over the country - a time when the earth seemingly comes alive again after the dreary winter months.

PineberriesPineberries are the newest berry trend to hit the grocery store

The best part about this transition into spring is the abundance of fresh produce that's not only delicious, but also packed with essential nutrients. There are a myriad of reasons why choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables is the best way to go. And it isn't just about following the latest food trend; it's a conscious decision with numerous benefits for your health, the environment, and your taste buds.


Why Choose Seasonal Produce?

Nutritional Value: Seasonal produce is harvested at its peak ripeness, ensuring maximum flavor and nutritional content. Fruits and vegetables allowed to ripen naturally absorb more nutrients from the soil and sun, making them richer in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Enhanced Flavor: There's no denying the superior taste of seasonal fruits and vegetables. From juicy strawberries to crisp asparagus, seasonal produce boasts a freshness and flavor that's unmatched by its off-season counterparts.

Supports Local Farmers: Opting for seasonal produce supports the agriculture that’s right in your state or region. By selecting seasonal produce, you are helping to reduce the carbon footprint associated with transporting food over long distances. By purchasing from nearby farms, you contribute to the sustainability of your community's agriculture and economy. And who doesn’t want to do that!

Cost-Effectiveness: Chances are your grocery store has the seasonal items right up front in the product section and listed on sale. Seasonal produce doesn't require extensive storage or transportation costs so it’s often more affordable. By purchasing in-season fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy high-quality produce at a lower price point, making healthy eating more accessible to all.

Strawberry ParfaitSpring's Bounty: What's in Season? Here are just some of the stars of the spring season, along with their nutritional benefits:

  • Strawberries: Bursting with sweetness, strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants like anthocyanins, which have been linked to heart health and reduced inflammation.
  • Asparagus: This slender green vegetable is a good source of folate, vitamin K, and antioxidants. Asparagus is also low in calories and packed with fiber, making it a great choice for weight management and digestive health.
  • Spinach: Spinach is abundant in iron, calcium, and vitamins A and K. It's also loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that promote eye health and may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. Dark leafy greens in general are also known for their potential impact on brain health due to their abundance of beta-carotene, lutein, flavonoids and folate. 
  • Peas: Whether enjoyed fresh or cooked, peas are a nutritional powerhouse. They're high in fiber, protein, vitamin C, and vitamin K, contributing to digestive health, immune function, and bone strength.
  • Radishes: Crisp and peppery, radishes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants known as isothiocyanates, which have anti-cancer properties and support detoxification processes in the body.
  • Rhubarb: Rich in vitamins C and other antioxidants for immunity and inflammation reducer, plus vitamin K to support bones and blood clotting, rhubarb provides a nutritious punch with potential health benefits. Additionally, the fiber content aids digestion and promotes gut health.

RhubarbPhoto by Judy Beth Morris

For more information on what’s in season this spring, check out the USDA website.

By incorporating these seasonal delights into your springtime meals, you not only tantalize your taste buds but also nourish your body with an array of essential nutrients. Trust me, your body and taste buds will thank you!

To learn more about incorporating seasonal spring produce into your diet, sign up for one of our upcoming classes dedicated to celebrating Spring!

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