Nothing says spring like fresh spring local foods. We look forward to this season all year round as local produce starts to become more bountiful and outdoor markets slowly start to open up again.
Although local food is available throughout winter in Canada, no other season can compare to spring with its fresh blooms and sunny days. Wondering what spring local foods are coming into season this May and June? Read more about five spring local foods available this season below!
Asparagus is the ultimate spring local food. Do you agree? Asparagus is a superfood packed with fibre, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K! We love making a creamy pasta dish with chopped asparagus, but it’s also great on its own as a side.
Crunchy, peppery and crisp are all ways to describe the little pops of colour called radishes. We love them sliced on salads or eating them dipped in hummus.
Spinach is truly loaded with everything good for your body! Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Say that 5 times fast. Spinach cooks up quick, so be sure to cook it on low. We love cooked spinach served with a dollop of butter and a little bit of salt. Looking for an easy way to sneak spinach into your family’s diet? We love adding spinach to smoothies, we swear you can’t taste it!
Peas are coming back in season this June! Both snow and green peas will be coming available. We love snow peas on their own, but green peas are incredibly versatile to add into your favourite recipes. Macaroni and cheese with peas? The best! These little green vegetables are high in both protein and fibre, so are a great addition to anyone’s diet.
Cauliflower has become a bit of a star over the last couple years and for good reason! Pureed, roasted, deep-fried, raw – the options are endless.
What’s your favourite spring fruit or veggie? We’d love to hear from you! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find us on Pinterest where we share our favourite local, sustainable recipes.