A friend of mine was complaining about how she had an awful caprese salad the other day. I felt sad for her food misstep, but I couldn't really feel sorry for her. After all, neither tomatoes nor basil are in season right now.

Yet my friend doesn't seem to be the only one who is setting herself up for food disappointment. I snapped this pic at my local market the other day. Looks like they must be getting a lot of complaints about sad tomatoes, too.

So, if tomatoes are out, what is in? To get a list of some fruits and veggies that are in their prime right now,


February is the end of Winter, and March will herald in the beginning of Spring. Right now try cooking with:

  • leeks
  • fennel
  • citrus
  • broccoli
  • chard
  • cauliflower
  • artichoke
  • radishes
  • asparagus
  • strawberries (in some places)
  • mushrooms
  • rhubarb
  • carrots
  • kale

Some of these are just starting up, so keep your eyes peeled!

Do you have a favorite recipe for any of those ingredients? Be sure to share it with us if you do!