Spring has officially sprung here in Nashville and so has all of the lovely produce in season this time of year! Eating locally and seasonally is a great way for all of us to support local farmers here in Nashville, our communities, and also support our earth. It’s also a great way to step outside of our “normal” grocery lists we shop from and invent dishes using the most ripe and fresh produce. For example, using strawberries in the late spring and rhubarb to create a delicious and healthy dessert; or simply using a lesser-known dark green vegetable such as watercress in your salad.
What’s seasonal to good ole’ Nashville this time of year? A lot! We’re truly lucky here in Nashville to have a wide variety of fresh dark leafy greens, root vegetables, herbs, fruits, mushrooms, and more to produce for us this spring and summer. Many of which can easily be grown in our own backyards due to our climate. Last year was the first year I started growing produce in my mini-garden and had great success with spring produce like chives, beans, and surprisingly strawberries.
Here is a list of common produce you’ll find in season this spring, some of which are more Nashville based and others in general. Produce in season produce for spring: Watercress, arugula, asparagus, strawberries (late spring), artichokes, fava beans, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, leeks, ramps, radishes, fennel, mushrooms (morels), chives, mulberries, carrots, potatoes, spinach, peas, avocados, pineapple, onions, dandelion greens and much more.
Where to find local and seasonal product? None better than local farmers markets and CSA's. Below is a list of local farmers markets and resources to use when trying to shop for product this time of year.
- A resource for local CSA’s
- A resource for seasonal produce in a chart
- Some local farmers markets include: Downtown, Franklin, West Nashville, East Nashville, Donelson, Green Hills, 12th South, Vanderbilt, and more!
Try enjoying spring produce simple. In soups, salads, raw vegetable crudité’s, lightly steamed, roasted, or incorporated into any simple stir-fry (one of my favorite ways to sneak in vegetables). A couple recipes to get you started Ultimate Spring Salad, Mulberry Soaked Oat Porridge, or Artichoke Salad.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy spring produce?
Eat well, live well, be well,