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What to Stock Up on in March

27 Feb

Is this the last of the local oranges?

Welcome to month three of Kat’s series on kitchen savings. If you look closely, you may notice that every month under grocery store sales there is another list of seasonal produce that goes on sale. I debated how to handle this and decided to leave it be. Even though I’m becoming a huge advocate for buying local, I’m not above saving money on produce even if it ships in from far-flung continent.

Global growing seasons means that more and more produce is available to us year round. In the vein of saving money and sustaining our environment I vote for buying local first and buying what is abundant at the grocery store second.

Speaking of buying local, here again is a list of what is in season in Arizona for the coming month. It surprised me to see some citrus coming off the list. I guess that makes sense since the lemon tree in my backyard is about to start blossoming again. I’ll be watching to see how closely this holds true at my local produce stand.

I extracted this list from a harvest calendar published in The Arizona Republic a few years ago. If you’re not in Arizona, you can find a list for your area by month at the bottom of the page here.

Produce in season – March

Vegetables

Anise, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli (and Baby variety), Cabbage (Green, Red and Napa), Carrots, Cauliflower (and Green variety), Celery, Cilantro, Dill, Fava Beans, Greens (Beet, Collards, Mustard, Turnip), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce (Butter/Boston, Endive, Escarole, Iceberg, Leaf, Romaine, Spring Mix), Onions (Greenand Kinnow), Parsley, Radicchio, Radishes (Red and Daikon/Japanese), Rapini, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips

Fruits

Grapefruit (Redblush and White), Lemons, Oranges (Valencia, Sweet)

Grocery Store Sales

March

Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza
Seasonal Produce (Global): Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine

How about you? What is in season in your neck of the woods?

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