For much of North America, March gives hope that spring will actually arrive. After months of cold, snowy weather, the days lengthen and the temperature begins to climb.
The month of March sees a huge array of growing conditions. Northern areas still covered with snow may only see swelling buds on trees as evidence of the coming season. Southern regions, on the other hand, are well on their way to producing great crops.
In the Northeast, despite still cold temperatures, many farmers’ markets have locally grown fresh produce available:
- Brussels sprouts
- Salad greens
- Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes)
On the other side of the country, in San Francisco, markets feature plenty of local fresh produce:
In Season Across the Nation
The United States, which comprises many different climates, offers a wide range of in-season fruits and vegetables. This means shoppers have a wide array of produce available most of the year. However, there are certain items that are in season in the month of March, which also often means they are less expensive to purchase:
- Artichokes from California
- Brussels sprouts
- California Cara Cara Oranges
- Kumquats from California and Florida
Always keep in mind that depending upon where you live, other items may be in season.
Getting Through the End of Winter With a Little Help
The advent of spring brings cravings for traditionally warmer weather types of produce. Thankfully, plenty of such fruits and vegetables are available as well. The U.S. obtains much of the produce sold in stores during the month of March from Mexican growers, including:
- Bell peppers
- Coconuts (available year-round from Mexico)
- Star apples
This means that even as some areas experience late winter snowstorms, they can still enjoy fruit and vegetables from warmer climates.
If buying a fruit or vegetable not “locally produced” goes against your beliefs, just consider the nutrition you may miss out on. The best way to achieve optimal nutrition is by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the bounty available at the market—it will add a little sunshine to a cool, breezy March day.