- Asparagus - high in vitamin K, folate and antioxidants, asparagus can be enjoyed many ways including raw. We particularly like them grilled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper - yum!
- Avocados - full of vitamins (almost 20), potassium and folate, they are full of fiber and healthy fat. Actually a berry (yup, that's right), avocados are delicious eaten right out of the skin with a spoon, are great added to salads or stir fries and of course are the star ingredient in guacamole.
- Broccoli - a cruciferous vegetable rich in fiber, vitamins A, C & K, phytonutrients and flavonoids, broccoli is one of the most nutrient dense foods. Enjoyed raw or cooked, be sure to choose heads with dark green or purplish florets that are not yellow or flowering.
- Cauliflower - another nutritious, cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower offers plentiful vitamins such as C & K as well as folate and many others. Great served raw or cooked, it is best to not overcook as it loses its taste when mushy. Try roasting or pan sauteing to retain the crunch and flavor.
- Swiss chard - full of vitamins C & K, potassium and iron, it can be used just like spinach in salad, or can be added to soups or stir fries. Don't discard the stems - they take longer to cook than the leaves but are delicious and beautiful (look for rainbow chard for a variety of beautiful colors)!
- Strawberries - a powerhouse fruit that contains more vitamin C than an orange and one of the most powerful antioxidants known (called anthocyanins), strawberries are as healthy as they are delicious!
- Cilantro - contains esesential oils, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, this herb adds flavor to salads, salsa, guacamole and rice dishes. Will last a week stored in the fridge. Trim ends and place them into a glass of fresh water (change daily). Did you know that an aversion to cilantro is linked to a gene? Those with the gene variant often claim it tastes like soap! Do you enjoy it or hate it?
- Parsley - fresh herbs are a spring delight that can brighten up many dishes. While low in calories, a tablespoon of parsley has 75% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K and is known to freshen breath. Similar to cilantro, store a bunch in the refrigerator after snipping ends and placing stem side down in a glass with 1" of fresh water (change daily). Cover with loose plastic bag; it should keep for about a week.
What is your favorite farmer's market for fresh-picked produce?