The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that’s growing now in your area. Eating in season means more nutrients, better quality, vivid colors, and more varieties to choose from. So what are you waiting for!?

Cook it!

The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that’s growing now in your area. Eating in season means more nutrients, better quality, vivid colors, and more varieties to choose from. So what are you waiting for!?

Steam ‘Em

Munching on asparagus as a mid-day snack is simple if it is steamed ahead of time and placed in a BPA-free glass container for easy access. For steaming, place water in the bottom half of a steamer pan set. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Trim off the dry ends of the asparagus and add to the steamer basket for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness, or until tender.

Dip asparagus in your favorite organic dressing or have them plain with a pinch of dill and a dash of lemon juice for extra zest.

Oven Roast

Roasting asparagus is the best way to develop its woodsy flavor. Because it hardly takes any preparation, it’s so easy to get from the garden to the table. Preheat your oven to 425, trim the dry ends, brush lightly with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil, and spread on a cookie sheet or baking pan.  Roast in the oven for 5-10 min, or until tender.

Right out of the oven is the prime time to sprinkle on a bit of strong cheese for a savory side dish. Goat, parmesan, and gruyere are great choices.

Grilling

Follow the same directions as above, but omit the baking sheet, and turn once on the grill top during cooking. You’ll have those nice grill lines and a deep smoky flavor!

Pan Roast

Pan roasting is the perfect way to lock in valuable nutrients. In a large sauté pan with a lid, add asparagus, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 clove of garlic. Heat on high, covered, for about 5 minutes tossing asparagus lightly with tongs occasionally. You’ll notice a slight browning and nice tenderness upon completion.