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What vegetables are in season in March?

03-March

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

March

Artichokes
Beets
Broccoli
Carrots
Celery
Dandelion greens
Endive
Bermuda onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rutabagas
Spinach

   
How do I make my celery last longer in storage?

Storing Celery-Make It Stay Longer

When storing celery, wrap it in aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator--it will keep for weeks.

   
Which vegetables are in season in May?

05-May

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

May

Asparagus
Carrots
Celery
Dandelion greens
Green beans
Bermuda onions
Green Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Radishes
Summer squash
Watercress
Wax beans

   
How do you select corn?

Corn Selection

To test corn, pull the husk down one side of the ear, and push your fingernail into a kernel. The ripest corn has a milky juice, if clear juice comes out it is a bit older, and if no juice comes out it's too old to eat.

   
How do I pick celery?

Selecting Celery

When choosing celery, look for stalks that are in the color range of light to medium green, avoiding any that are yellow. Check to see that the stalks are crisp and firm. Don't choose any that have flimsy or bendable ribs. Stay away from stalks that have brown tinged or slimy leaves.

   
What vegetables are in season in July?

07-July

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

July

Carrots
Celery
Chard
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Green beans
Green peppers
Lima beans
Mustard greens
Okra
Green Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Summer squash
Tomatoes
Wax beans

   
How do I pick a rutabaga?

Choosing a Rutabaga

When you see a rutabaga in a store, you will see that it has been waxed. That's to seal in the moisture to keep it longer. When choosing one you should see skin that is smooth and tight. The colors can range from yellow to a dark purple. Avoid any with wrinkles as these are older and might not be as tender when cooked. Try to find a heavy/dense root to cook.

   
What vegetables are in season in September?

09-September

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

September

Carrots
Celery
Chard
Corn
Cucumbers
Green peppers
Lima beans
Parsnips
Potatoes
Tomatoes

   
How should I store potatoes?

Storing Potatoes

The quality of a potato diminishes the longer it is stored. For best results do not refrigerate, instead store in a cool, dark place with good air circulation. Potatoes can stay for a week or two at room temperature with good results.

   
What vegetables are in season in August?

08-August

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

August

Carrots
Celery
Chard
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Green beans
Green peppers
Lima beans
Green Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Wax beans

   
How do I select a potato?

Selecting Potatoes

When selecting potatoes, no matter which variety, look for ones that are firm and free of any kind of soft spots. Avoid any potatoes that are sprouting, shriveled, wrinkled, or have a huge area of green skin. The green skin can be mildly toxic, but if it only covers a small area can be peeled away and the rest of the potato eaten.

   
What is the proper way to store?

Storing Broccoli

You can store broccoli heads unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It can even be frozen, although I prefer to steam mine then freeze it (for dinnertime convenience).

   
What vegetables are in season in October?

10-October

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

October

Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Celery
Chard
Escarole
Green peppers
Lima beans
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Rutabagas
Winter Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips

   
What vegetables are in season in December?

12-December

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

December

Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Celery
Collard greens
Endive
Kale
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rutabagas
Turnips

   
How do you pick broccoli?

Selecting Broccoli

Broccoli can be tricky to pick out. When choosing a good head you want to look for a dark green color. Make sure the clusters are tight and compact. If you see flowering buds, a yellow color or any browning stay away from it. Once it begins to flower it becomes very bitter.

   
What vegetables are in season in November?

11-November

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

November

Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Celery
Endive
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rutabagas
Turnips

   
How do you choose asparagus?

How to choose asparagus

To pick good asparagus, choose stalks that have compact deep-green or purple tips. Also choose narrow stalks over thick stalks as the narrow tend to be more tender and the thick tend to be woody.

   
How do I pick cauliflower?

Selecting Cauliflower

When selecting cauliflower, look for large, white heads. The head should be dense and firm. (Judge by weight). Try to avoid heads that have brown spots or any kind of speckles. Sometimes you can cut the brown spots off, but it's best to avoid them if you have other options.

   
What vegetables are in season in January?

01-January

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

January

Broccoli
Carrots
Celery
Collard greens
Endive
Kale
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rutabagas

   
How do you choose a carrot?

Carrots

When choosing a carrot, look for a nice orange color. A narrow carrot will have a better taste than a thick (woody) carrot. Check to make sure there are no cracks, which can lead to a dry vegetable. Also stay away from carrots that are wrinkled, withered, or are bendable as these are old stock.

   
When is the best time to buy produce?

Best Time to Buy

Produce, like many grocery items, is priced according to the supply versus the demand. The best time to buy is when the item is in it`s peak season. It will not only taste it`s best, but will normally be less expensive than other times of the year because it is more abundant.

   
What vegetables are in season in April?

04-April

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

April

Artichokes
Asparagus
Beets
Carrots
Celery
Dandelion greens
Bermuda onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach

   
What vegetables are in season in June?

06-June

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

June

Asparagus
Carrots
Celery
Chickory
Corn
Cucumbers
Dandelion greens
Green beans
Mustard greeens
Okra
Bermuda onions
Green Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Summer squash
Tomatoes
Wax beans

   
How do I pick a mushroom?

Selecting Portabella Mushrooms

When choosing a Portabella, look for a dark-brown color. The cap and stem should be sturdy. The gills should be a pinkish-brown color. Avoid any with soft spots, mushy gills, wrinkles, or ones that cannot be supported by the stem.

   
What vegetables are in season in February?

02-February

The vegetables below are listed according to when they are at their peak supply and taste in North America. During these months they are readily available and should be selling at lower prices. Some vegetables may also be available during other times of the year, but they probably are shipped in from other parts of the world. Prices for those vegetables will probably be higher due to the costs associated with importing.

February

Broccoli
Carrots
Celery
Endive
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rutabagas

   
How do you pick broccoli?

Picking Broccoli

To pick good broccoli, snap off a floret and if it snaps cleanly then it's fresh.

   
How do I choose a parsnip?

Selecting Parsnips

Look for parsnips that are firm and smooth. Avoid ones with deep ridges, secondary roots, or untopped (with greens still on). Untopped parsnips can become woody and tough because the greens drain the moisture from the root.

   
What is the proper way to store?

Storing Cauliflower

You can store cauliflower in the refrigerator uncovered for up to a week. If it will be used after that it's best to cook then freeze.

   
What is the proper way to store?

Storing Iceberg Lettuce

Prior to storing iceberg lettuce, take the core out of the head. You can either cut it out or with the core side down, firmly hit it against your countertop. The core should twist right out.

Keep the lettuce in the refrigerator. Use an airtight storage container or special vegetable storage bags that keep it fresher longer. If you use pre-cut, pre-washed iceberg lettuce, store it in an airtight container and use within 3 days.

   
How do you ensure you´re buying the freshest quality?

Fresh Products

To ensure you are buying the freshest quality, shop from the back of the shelf to the front. Old food is always moved to the front of the shelf to get rid of it. This goes for all products, especially produce. The longer produce has been exposed to the air on the shelf, the more vitamins and minerals have leaked out.

   
How do I store celery?

Storing Celery

Celery should be stored in the refrigerator unwashed. It can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks if kept in a plastic vegetable bag.

   
What is the proper way to store?

Storing Carrots

Store carrots in the refrigerator. Remove the greens before storing them in a plastic bag. If you have access to special vegetable storage bags (breathable) use those, as they will indeed stay longer.

   
How can I make my cauliflower look whiter?

For A Whiter Cauliflower

Have you ever had cauliflower that looked yellowish after cooking?

To make it look whiter, try adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water when cooking.

   
How do I choose lettuce?

Selecting Romaine Lettuce

When looking for a good head of romaine, look for dark leafy green leaves. Try to go with the heaviest head you can find (judge by scale weight). Stay away from any heads that have brown edges on the leaves or any slimy feel to it.

   
How do you ensure you´re buying the freshest quality?

Choosing Iceberg Lettuce

When selecting iceberg lettuce look for light to medium-green colored heads. They should be dense and firm to the touch. Try weighing to see how dense it is. Avoid lettuce that has brown edges or is slimy.

   
How do I choose lettuce?

Bibb Lettuce

Look for heads that are the size you need. Select ones that firm and dense. (Try weighing on the scale). Avoid any lettuce that has brown edges or feels slimy.

   
How do I store a parsnip?

Storing Parsnips

Store parsnips in a cool, humid environment. If you store in a refrigerator, place in a plastic bag prior to placing in storage.

   
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