The best part of spring, right on Main

You can start to feel the semi-nice weather. Right now, it’s slowly but surely creeping out of the single digits. The sun is even peeking through the rain clouds. Yes, spring is officially back in the SACK. And while you might not be in shorts and tees anytime soon, at least you can celebrate the taste of spring right here on Main Street at Giant Farmers Market. When it comes to spring fruits, some of the standouts are kiwi, apricots, mangos, blackberries, cherries, and blueberries. As far as veggies go, you’re looking at avocados, peas, radishes, asparagus, morel mushrooms, and spinach. At Giant Farmers Market, you’ll find a huge selection of fresh spring veggies, and fruits for practically any spring produce recipe. Of course, once you have that shopping cart and are rolling down the aisles, you need to make sure you get that quintessential perfect pick. So, keep these simple Giant Farmers Market produce tips in mind.

Get touchy-feely: A good fruit or vegetable has a sturdy feel (but not too hard) with non-bruised smooth skin and peels.

Go for the sniff: A fresh scent is a great selection indicator and also helps you know when you need to slice into it. The fresher the scent means serving it sooner than later.

Asparagus: Make sure it has a firm feel with closed tips on the end.

Herbs: Whatever variety you choose, make sure the herbs are brightly colored (not yellow and black) and have zero dryness.

Lettuce: Focus on the leaf. Make sure it has an even color with no discoloration. For a nice variety of flavors, choose a spring mix.

Peas: Look for bright-colored pods that aren’t dry. The pods should also be filled out, so they look like they have actual peas inside.

So, what is your go-to spring produce pick? Let us know on our Instagram or Facebook pages.