Spring produce is different from region to region across the globe. There are many factors that contribute to it, especially the native flora and the climate in your region. Depending on where you live, you may go through a mild unnoticed winter or no winter while others may go through a very harsh winter. This post is about what's available in New Jersey and surrounding areas post winter when spring arrives.
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In early spring, here in New Jersey and its surrounding areas, most of the spring produce still comes from storage.
You will get winter roots such as carrots, parsnips, potatoes, squashes etc. at most markets. You will also get apples and pears from storage.
As nature begins to move upward and outward, you will also get microgreens, mushrooms and spring greens, such as chives, nettles (shown in image), and ramps at your local market.
As the season progresses, look for fiddleheads, pea shoots, arugula, garlic scapes, scallions, and sorrel at your local market.
Towards the end of the season, enjoy locally-grown asparagus, snap peas, rhubarb, and lettuce.
As you can see, nature's produce is moving from roots to shoots, and that is the case in all regions that experience a proper winter. That's why, as nature makes this transition, you should too.
NOTE: If you live in North America and would like to see what's growing near you this time of the year, check out: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org
You can also check out https://www.grownyc.org/seafoodharvestcalendar and https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/whatsavailable