Asparagus - Asparagus is one of my favorite springtime veggies to indulge on. This wonderful green goddess is not only superb in a nutritional sense but it also tastes wonderful too! One cup of asparagus comes in at only 27 calories and is packed full of vitamins A, C and K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, copper and manganese. Asparagus is also a great source of fiber. When buying asparagus look for bunches where the tips are tightly closed. The color should be bright and vibrant and the stalks should be nice and firm.
Salad and Cooking Greens - Springtime always yields some of the best salad and cooking greens. Springtime varieties of Spinach, Arugula, Chard, and various Lettuces are always a welcome addition to the plates of many after the cold winter season. If you are looking to add more greens into your diet, try adding a couple handfuls of spinach to your morning smoothie or add some chard to your favorite pasta recipe. There are so many different ways to cook and prepare greens that they aren't just reserved for salads anymore.
Carrots - Depending on where you live, carrots can grow year round. But for those of us in the northern states, carrots are a wonderful sign of spring. Their bright vibrant color is a welcome sight after the long white winters. Packed full of many vitamins and nutrients carrots are a must have during the spring harvest season. There is something about a freshly picked carrot, fresh from the farmers market that just can't be beat. It is crispy and sweet and just bursting with flavor.
Beets - Beets are quite the powerhouse springtime veggie. With their vibrant deep color and rustic flavor beets are a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A,B & C, folic acid, beta-carotene and much more. Beets can be roasted, boiled and even juiced. Here is a great beet juice recipe that I love to drink on occasion. Perfect Morning Beet Juice.
Radishes - Radishes are at their sweet, crunchy best during the springtime. They are a great addition to some of your favorite side dishes and salads and have quite a few health benefits. Radishes can help aid in digestion, are high in vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc and can also help keep you hydrated. Add a few radishes on top of your salad or sandwich and enjoy!
And there you have it. My 5 "must haves", fresh from the farmers market in the springtime. Nothing says springtime to me more than seeing the arrival of the farmers market and these wonderful veggies. What are some of your favorite farmers market finds in the springtime? Which one do you look forward to the most? Share in the comments below.