As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, this is a great time to start thinking about fresh, local produce and what is in season. Buying local produce can be a great way to get involved in your community, build a stronger relationship with where your food comes from, and can be more fun than just a traditional trip to the grocery store!

Some produce that starts to come into season in March are beets, rutabaga and maple syrup. Beets can come in many shapes, sizes and colors. There are golden beets that are a bright golden orange color, bull’s blood beets that are the traditional deep purple color, and even Chioggia beets that have a red and white striped pattern on the inside. The greens and roots of beets can be eaten raw or cooked and are excellent sources of potassium, vitamin A, and magnesium.

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