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What to Stock Up on in April

26 Mar

Back yard broccoli

The weather here in Phoenix is absolutely perfect. I know the entire population wishes it would stay this way forever. Alas, we do live in a desert and the summer is almost upon us. Our growing seasons are different than other parts of the country. Despite the glorious days and nights we’re having, the number of locally sourced produce items takes a big hit in April. According to the harvest schedule I’ve been referring to we should see about a one-third drop in variety at the produce stands. Of course, this doesn’t mean we won’t have great produce to choose from but from here on out, we’ll see less and less of it as the desert sun takes its toll on local crops.

Broccoli is no longer on the “stock up” list because its currently out of season here. I was very fortunate to have some fresh cut broccoli, literally out of my friend’s back yard garden and into the saute pan, earlier this month. I’m super impressed because I’ve never known anyone who actually grew broccoli. Second, I was blown away by the flavor.

This experience just seals my commitment to each as much local produce as possible. 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 – April

Vegetables

Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans/Fava, Cabbage (Green, Red), Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Greens (Beet, Collards, Mustard, Turnip), Kale, Lettuce (Iceberg, Leaf, Romaine, Spring Mix), Onions (Green and Sweet), Parsley, Potatoes (Red and Russet), Radishes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips

Fruits

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

Grocery Store Sales

April

Easter:  Ham, Eggs, Spices, Baking Supplies: Sugar, Spices, Baking Mixes, Chocolate Chips, Butter, Coconut, Marshmallows, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix
Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver, Reusable Totes
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Haas Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb
Clearance: After Easter sales


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

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1 Comment

Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Kitchen Basics, Kitchen Savings

 

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One response to “What to Stock Up on in April

  1. Heidi Z

    March 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I love all this information. This is so helpful in organzing my food plans. Love it!

     

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