If you love fresh veggies you can make sure you are eating the freshest produce you can buy by buying seasonal fruits and vegetables every month.
Florida might be best known for its winter citrus fruit but did you know that Florida also supplies most of the country with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables all year long?
Florida farmers are working hard all year long to bring you the freshest produce possible 12 months of the year.
During the long cold winter months when most of the country is freezing and buried under a blanket of snow Florida farmers are harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables that you can find in your favorite retail stores.
Check the label for the Fresh From Florida logo or make sure the label says Florida grown so you know you are purchasing Fresh From Florida produce.
One of my favorite fresh Florida fruits are Florida winter strawberries.
March is the end of the Florida strawberry season. I have been buying Florida grown strawberries since January and enjoying the plump sweet flavor of fresh Florida strawberries all winter long.
I love buying locally grown and in-season fruit and vegetables because I know the fruits and vegetables I am buying are the freshest they can be.
I love to preserve Florida strawberries so I can enjoy them during the rest of the year until Florida strawberry season rolls around again in late December.
I love canning strawberry pie filling to use to make my favorite strawberry desserts.
This time of year Florida strawberries are on sale and I stock to make my homemade strawberry pie filling.
During the month of March, you can shop for fresh bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, mushrooms, radishes, snap Beans and cabbage.
Vine-ripened Florida tomatoes are delicious in a salad or on a sandwich.
I can't pass up a few ruby red fresh tomatoes while I'm shopping for the strawberries I needed to make my homemade strawberry pie filling.
I make it a point to check the fresh produce labels as I am shopping to make sure I am buying fresh, locally grown Florida produce and so should you.
I love buying produce that has been grown in my home state. I know I am buying the freshest fruit and vegetables available but I also love to support our Florida farmers.
March produce in season
March is a great month for many different varieties of fresh produce that is in season this month.
Check out the list of seasonal produce this month with delicious recipes you can make using them.
- Peppers: Bell peppers can be used to flavor recipes or be the star of the recipe like Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers or Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup.
- Broccoli: Fresh broccoli is always a good side dish recipe but it also tastes great in pasta salads like Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad
- Cabbage: During March cabbage is a popular vegetable served for Saint Patrick's Day. A delicious way to use it in a recipe is to make Ham Cabbage and Potato Soup, Crock Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls or if you short on time you can make Crock Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.
- Carambola: Take advantage of fresh carambola and make this sweet and tropical Carambola Iced Tea.
- Cauliflower: I love using fresh cauliflower and broccoli to make this Instant Pot Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup recipe.
- Celery: Celery is one fresh vegetable that adds so much flavor to soup recipes. Like this
- Cucumbers: Start the morning right with a Kiwi and Cucumber Smoothie or make refrigerator dill pickles.
- Eggplant: Grilled vegetables like eggplant can be served as a side dish or used to make a grilled vegetable sandwich.
- Grapefruit: Citrus Marmalade spread over a piece of toast during the cold winter months is delightful or added to a Pomegranate Fruit Salad.
- Guava: Make this easy homemade Guava Jam.
- Lettuce: A Chef's salad can be served as a side dish or a full meal.
- Mushrooms: Preserve fresh mushrooms by dehydrating them and you will never have to worry about fresh mushrooms going bad before you can use them. Or make Chicken Wild Rice Soup with baby portabellas.
- Oranges: Peach Orange Marmalade is a great way to combine two delicious fruits. If you are the crafty type you can make dehydrated orange slices and use them to make holiday decorations. The time to do this would be when oranges are in season and you can buy them at a good price.
- Papaya: Fresh papaya is perfect for smoothies. I like to freeze fresh papaya and make a tropical smoothie in the mornings.
- Potatoes: Instant Pot Salt Potatoes is a recipe created by the Irish Miners in Syracuse, New York that is perfect for the month of March. Or see how quickly you can cook red potatoes in the Instant Pot for potato salads.
- Radish: Radishes are usually served in a salad and are tasty. Have you ever had pickled radishes? The taste amazing on a salad.
- Snap Beans: Make fresh beans and potatoes as a side dish.
- Spinach: Fresh spinach added to creamy chicken soup is a great way to add iron to your diet.
- Squash: Yellow squash can be sautéed with onions and tomatoes as a vegetable side dish.
- Strawberries: Strawberry Lemonade is a refreshing spring or summer drink.
- Sweet Corn: The fastest way to make tender corn on the cob is to make it in the pressure cooker.
- Tangerines: Tangerine Sorbet is a refreshing dessert served after any meal or at your next dinner party.
- Tomatoes: This simple homemade cherry tomato pasta sauce recipe will have you serving dinner in 30 minutes or less. If you have a bumper crops of cherry tomatoes you can always dehydrate them to make them last. Or make this Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad.
In April fresh blueberries are in season. Keep an eye out because I will be sharing a sweet blueberry pie recipe using fresh blueberries then.
More fresh produce by the month
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Grow your own produce
Want to grow your own fresh produce and herbs to use in your cooking? I'm planning my garden now and have started seeds for many of my favorite fruits and vegetables I can grow in my back yard.
Check out some of my gardening posts below.