person looking at produce at farmers market

Enjoy the Bounty of Spring Produce

Farmers market season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy all that spring has to offer than by shopping for fresh, locally grown produce at farmers markets. Eating seasonally is best since produce is at its optimal flavor and quality, and prices are typically lower. Take the kids along, and let them pick out fruits and vegetables, encouraging them to try new ones. You can also talk directly with farmers and learn more about the origin of your food. 

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in a range of colors is beneficial to your health. In addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, plant-based foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that help protect our cells and prevent disease.

Nutritionists recommend at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Spring’s abundance will help you reach that goal.

What’s in Season This Spring

Red
Radishes, red apples, rhubarb, strawberries

Orange
Apricots, carrots

Yellow
Pineapple, lemons, yellow apples

Green
Asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, celery, collard greens, green apples, kale, kiwi, lettuce, limes, peas, spinach, Swiss chard

White
Bananas, garlic, mushrooms, onions, turnips

 

Local Eastside Farmers Markets 

Bellevue Farmers Market
Thursdays, May 16 – October 10, 2019
3 – 7 p.m.
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

Crossroads Farmers Market
Tuesdays, June 4 – September 24
Noon – 6 p.m.
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue

Issaquah Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 4 to September 28
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah

Kirkland Farmers Market
Wednesdays, June – September
2 – 7 p.m.
25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland

Mercer Island
Sundays, June – October
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7700 SE 32nd St, Mercer Island

Newcastle Fruit and Produce
Daily, March – December
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
13013 Newcastle Way, Newcastle

Redmond Saturday Market
Saturdays, May 4 – October 26
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7730 Leary Way, Redmond

Sammamish Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May 8 – September 25
4 – 8 p.m.
801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish