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The seasons are ticking over and it’s time for Spring to start – I personally can’t wait to get out and pick the first crops from the garden but as we’ve only just started off some seeds we’ve got a while to go yet. However, it’s still possible to get food in season that means it’s slightly cheaper and fresher as well. Last month I shared February’s Seasonal Food so today I’m sharing what you should be buying March to save money and eat fresh. We couldn’t do the month of March without two ingredients – Eggs and Lamb. Eggs whether of the come from chicken kind of the chocolate variety are perfect for spring. I’m fussy with my eggs liking them to be really fresh as was spoiled living abroad where the eggs were collected just before they cracked for scrambled eggs for breakfast!
We couldn’t do the month of March without two ingredients – Eggs and Lamb. Eggs whether of the come from chicken kind of the chocolate variety are perfect for spring. I’m fussy with my eggs liking them to be really fresh as was spoiled living abroad where the eggs were collected just before they cracked for scrambled eggs for breakfast! You can’t get much fresher than that! Lamb of course is traditionally eaten at Easter time and when Easter falls this year in March we will be getting some Lamb for our Easter Dinner from the local butchers and enjoying it with some fresh seasonal vegetables.
Vegetables – Seasonal Cooking for March
Our biggest hit this month is Asparagus – it’s fresh straight from the fields in our case as we live in an area where it’s grown and also as I discovered at the weekend an excellent source of protein ideal for my kids that really don’t like meat or dairy.
Brocoli is also still fresh this year – it’s the last month that it will be fresh as the weather warms up it’s time for a new growing season for it to start. The same applies to Brussel Sprouts which are nearing the end of the harvest but still in season and one of the vegetables that you will find cheaper at this time of the year.
Chard and Kale are just fresh and good value – with colourful varieties it’s good to add a little rainbow cooking to your plate.
Lettuce some of the farmers markets and supermarkets will start to have fresh locally grown lettuce by the end of the month – we see a switch in our eating habits as the lettuce gets fresher from eating cooked vegetables with our main meals to have salads. The lettuce is grown indoors but by the middle of next month some of it will be outside and our own cut and grow again lettuce will be providing us with meals from inside the greenhouse.
Fruit – Seasonal Cooking for March
Imported fruit is starting to arrive in the shops – whether from Europe or further away – avocados, lemons, grapefruits and tangerines are all in starting to arrive in the stores and farmers markets.
Rhubarb is now at it’s cheapest with forced at the beginning of the month and those picked straight from the plant by the end of the month and into April.