What’s in Season?

One of the best ways to save money on fresh fruits and vegetables is to buy what’s in season. If you purchase food at a farmers’ market, you’re automatically eating with the seasons. You can also tell what’s in season by looking at the sales ads for grocery stores. Foods that are in season will usually be on sale or cheaper than other produce items. 

Because local, in-season produce in the upper half of the United States is still more limited in March, your prices may be higher this time of year primarily because of transport costs. While eating with the seasons is still possible, you may have to stretch the distance you’re willing for your food to travel. 

What’s in season depends on where you live, but here’s a look at generally what you can find in the four regions of the U.S. this week according to the Seasonal Food Guide.

March 30-April 5, 2020

Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania)

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Chives
  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Oregano
  • Sprouts

Midwest (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas)

  • Asparagus (primarily in Kansas and Missouri)
  • Broccoli
  • Chives
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes

South (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma)

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus (primarily in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas)
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Citrus (Florida and Texas)
  • Collard greens
  • Green onions
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb (primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi)
  • Sage
  • Shallots
  • Snap peas (primarily in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina)
  • Snow Peas (primarily in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina)
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries (primarily in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas)
  • Turnips

West (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington)

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus (primarily in Arizona, California and Nevada)
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Citrus (Arizona and California)
  • Collard greens
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes (California, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington)
  • Rhubarb (primarily in California, Oregon and Nevada)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Snap Peas (primarily in California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah)
  • Snow Peas (primarily in California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah)
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries (primarily in Arizona and California)