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What's in season: March

Eat the best produce this month.

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March is here and it feels like spring has finally sprung.

The weather has been a bit nuts lately, with storms popping up left, right and centre, along with unseasonably warm spells as well as startlingly chilly spells. You'd be forgiven for thinking that we were still stuck in winter, but we're here to tell you that it is officially springtime and we have the fresh produce to prove it.

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What's in season:

  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Round lettuce

Photo by PHÚC LONG on Unsplash.
Photo by PHÚC LONG on Unsplash.

What's going out of season:

  • Beetroot
  • Blood orange
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Swedes

What's coming into season:

  • Mint
  • Rhubarb

What to forage:

  • Nettles
  • Pennywort
  • Scurvy grass
  • Sea kale
  • Sea purslane
  • Sea radish
  • Wild garlic
  • Woodland sorrel

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Photo by Shaun Meintjes on Unsplash.

What to plant:

  • Asparagus
  • Aubergine
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Radish
  • Red cabbage

Why buy in season:

Seasonality is so important because it helps you make sure you're getting the best out of the produce that's available to you. Our farmers and growers around the country strive year-round to make sure that the food that reaches us is of the best quality possible, so it makes sense to ensure you buy at the right time. Food markets and farmers' markets are great resources to help make sure you buy in season as the stallholders usually stock the best of the best. Some of our favourite markets are on in the following places:

  • People's Park Market, Dún Laoghaire, Sundays 10.00-16.00

  • Clonakilty Market, Cork, Fridays 9.00-14.00

  • The Village Market, Galway, Tuesdays 10.00-18.00

  • Dingle Farmers' Market, Kerry, Fridays 9.00-15.00

  • Market Square, Portlaoise, Fridays 10.00-15.00

  • Red Door Market, Limerick, Saturdays 10.00-15.00

  • Mayo Castlebar Farmers Market Fridays 9.00-18.00

  • Local Food Market, Meath, Saturdays 10.00-14.00

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Photo by Brad Stallcup on Unsplash.