What March Has In Store For Your Imperfect Box
In the produce world, March is a month of transition. For most of the country, the weather remains too cold to grow outdoors, and on the West coast, heavy rains make harvesting a slow, muddy affair. The fruit world is in a holding pattern as citrus continues to hog the limelight, while berries and stone fruit remain a fanciful summer fantasy. Hearty root vegetables threaten to overstay their welcome in the vegetable aisle (we still love to root for rutabagas) while more tender spring delicacies tease us in the distance. Yet, just like your horoscope said, amidst all this transition is some serious joy in waiting. Here are the fruits and veggies that we’re most excited to enjoy in March:
A Mandarin Orange Gold Rush
Citrus lovers, rejoice! An even tastier Mandarin orange is headed your way. As we speak, trees in California’s Central Valley are filling up with Gold Nugget Mandarins, the rare fruit that lives up to its hyperbolic name. These amazing oranges embody what we love about ugly fruit. While their skin is incredibly bumpy and blemished, this extra texture actually makes it easier to peel. Meanwhile, the inside is juicy and the perfect blend of sweet and sour. They’re the perfect snack and a poised to start a whole new gold rush in California!
Undersized Asparagus Gets Its Day
Asparagus is one of our favorite spring delicacies, but along with its seasonal popularity comes an unfortunate amount of waste. Retail buyers are very picky about size, and since all of the money is in growing large asparagus for retail (the smoothie market hasn’t caught on yet somehow), this leaves growers with plenty of undersized spears that need a delicious home. The sad irony here is that the traditional produce market marginalizes skinny asparagus spears, even though they’re sweeter, more tender and cook faster. So, their loss is our delicious gain. Please join us in enjoying some slender stalks of asparagus this March. It’s like eating a petite postcard from spring!
Undersized artichokes are much harder to market for the growers of Monterey County, since retail buyers favor the larger, more visually impressive flowers. The economic reality is that growing artichokes of all sizes involves a ton of time and labor, since they’re all harvested by hand. We’re proud to offer our customers smaller artichokes to help make each harvest more economically and environmentally sustainable for our growers. In the kitchen, we’ve found that smaller artichokes cook faster and are the perfect serving sizes for smaller groups for a delicious meal with no waste.
We hope this got you excited to keep eating with the seasons this March. Stay tuned for our next preview, where we’ll share when spring favorites like berries, apricots, and more fun surprises are headed your way!