With spring in full swing, many gardeners are seeing the first shoots pop up in their tilled beds. Shoppers are seeing the first farmers’ markets open up. Soon, things like asparagus, new lettuce, and fresh strawberries will start making their appearances in the specials at smart restaurants. If you want to make your guests or your family both happy and healthy, there are some great choices out there for you to make this time of year.

 

One of the best parts of spring and summer is the quality and wide variety of fresh vegetables easily available to home gardeners and frequenters of farmers’ markets alike. It makes healthy food choices easy when everything is at its height of ripeness. Few things are as good at a newly snapped asparagus sprig or a ripe, red tomato pulled directly from the vine.

 

For those interested in starting gardens, now it the time to plan your space. Many gardeners have early things out already, like lettuce, spinach, and radishes. Tomatoes and peppers still have a few weeks if you buy them already sprouted, but if you planned on starting your own from seeds, you may be running out of time. The hard work of a home garden often pays off if you are the type of person who really appreciates perfect vegetables.

 

One of those folks is celebrity chef, Ina Garten. She is well known for her high-caliber home cooking, especially in home entertaining. She also has a bit of a green thumb in the garden. She has a new recipe out for a Spring Green Risotto that looks fantastic, while really incorporating as much of the freshness of spring as possible into the dish. The asparagus in the recipe is really perfect this time of year, especially if you are among those lucky enough to have your own perennial patch out back.

 

With so much available to chefs this time of year and for the next few months, it is simple to find ways to incorporate these things into your diet. The variety is wide and will expand and change as we roll into summer. If you pick things at their height of season, you will always have a great product. Great products are the keys to great dishes and good eating.

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