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Published on May 15, 2015

What’s in Season? 

Your May Produce Guide 

From visiting the local Farmers’ Market to planting your own fruits and veggies in the garden, now is the time to focus on fresh produce for healthier and more delicious meals. Here’s a guide to the best produce to plant or purchase now so you can make great spring recipes.

What to Look for at the Farmers’ Market

There’s plenty of produce in season in May, so you can eat fresh, local fruits and veggies—plus support regional farmers. May is a wonderful month to 

make a delicious salad. Arugula, kale, spinach, scallions and carrots are all in season in Wisconsin. If the kids are picky eaters, pick up some fresh cauliflower for Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole or a bunch of local asparagus and some garlic scapes to add to pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan.

What to Look for at the Grocery Store
While there are plenty of veggie options in season right now, you’ll probably want to add some fruit to your diet. Elsewhere around the world, apricots, honeydew, mango, pineapple and strawberries are all in season, so stop by your favorite grocery store to grab anything you can’t find at the Farmer’s Market.
Jicama Fruit Salad is a fresh and tasty use of many seasonal fruits to serve after dinner. Or add diced fruit to your kids’ favorite cereal, yogurt and ice cream. You can even slip a few sliced strawberries into a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

What to Plant in Pots
Growing herbs is a relatively easy way for newcomers to turn their thumbs green. Basil, rosemary, thyme and parsley can all be purchased at garden centers and transplanted into pots, so you don’t need to worry about growing from seeds. Herbs need plenty of sunshine, so place your pots on the patio or in a windowsill that receives lots of light. Also be sure to use potting mix (not potting soil), a pot with good drainage, water frequently and add a little houseplant fertilizer every few weeks. A couple of rosemary leaves sprinkled on red potatoes or diced basil in your pasta can make every family dinner more flavorful.  

What to Plant in Your Garden
It’s much easier to get your veggies when they’re close to home. May is a perfect time to plant tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Other fruits and vegetables to plant this month include cantaloupe, watermelons, onions and potatoes. Not only will you have fresh produce right in your own backyard, but gardening is also a great way to get outside and de-stress or spend time with the kids while they play.

What’s your favorite recipe for spring? Share in the comments below! 

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