What's in Season - March Produce Guide

What's in season in March? Check out recipes for asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, broccolini, watercress, arugula, mustard greens, green garlic, spring onions, leeks, spinach, chard, and fennel!

March Produce Guide

Hello March and welcome to month 3 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides.

March is all about GREEN, and not just for St. Patrick's Day! Spring is here, or about to be, and with it comes the first of two of my favorite spring vegetables—asparagus and artichokes.

While asparagus in our local markets cost about $4/pound in the off-season, when they are plentiful in the spring, I can find them closer to $1/pound. (That's why my mother advises me, "Always buy your food in season. Saves money, tastes better.")

You'll also find broccoli, fennel, and chard, watercress, arugula, and mustard greens, as well as leeks, spring garlic, and spring onions.

Spring Seasonal Produce Guide
Elise Bauer

What's in season in March?

  • Asparagus: Asparagus start showing up at the markets in February, but really come into force in March and April. They can be baked, roasted, steamed, boiled, or grilled. Serve them simply as a side, turn them into a soup, or bake them into a frittata.
  • Artichokes: Artichokes have two seasons, spring and fall, but their big season is spring. Artichokes are thistles—flowers—and the parts we eat are the petals of the flower (the "leaves") and the heart, underneath the thistle choke. The best way to eat an artichoke is simply steamed, but they are also great grilled, braised, or stuffed.
  • Broccoli and Broccolini: While you can get broccoli and its tender sister broccolini all year round, they are happiest in the cooler months. Did you know that broccoli is a superfood? It's high in protein, fiber, and vitamins A and C.
  • Watercress, Arugula, and Mustard Greens: What do these greens have in common? They are all naturally peppery, and can jazz up anything they're served with.
  • Green Garlic, Spring Onions, and Leeks: What is green garlic? Immature garlic that hasn't yet developed its bulb. Use green garlic in place of regular garlic, leeks, or green onions. What are spring onions? Mature green onions that have started to develop a bulb. Roast them, grill them, use them in place of onions. Both green garlic and spring onions are available in the spring.
  • Spinach and Chard: Like broccoli, spinach and chard are also cool weather crops. They're the most versatile of greens, tender and mild in flavor.
  • Fennel: Delicious raw or cooked, try roasting thickly sliced fennel with olive oil and vinegar.

Scroll down for recipes using these fabulous vegetables!

  • Asparagus

  • Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted Asparagus
    Elise Bauer

    Here's a quick and easy way to cook asparagus—roast them! with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little lemon juice.

  • Sheet Pan Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes

    Sheet Pan Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes

    Celebrate spring with this sheet pan chicken with asparagus and potatoes. Everything cooks together until tender. Easy and only one pan to clean!

  • Creamy Asparagus Soup

    Creamy Asparagus Soup
    Elise Bauer

    This simple asparagus soup comes together quickly and is a great way to use fresh seasonal asparagus.

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  • Artichokes

  • How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

    large globe artichoke for steaming
    Elise Bauer

    Artichokes can be intimidating if you've never cooked or eaten them before. Here's our guide to how to prepare and cook artichokes and how to eat them. It's easy! And so worth the effort.

  • Braised Marinated Artichokes

    Braised Artichokes
    Elise Bauer

    Artichokes braised in white wine and olive oil with shallots, garlic, parsley, and mint.

  • Baked Stuffed Artichokes

    Baked Stuffed Artichokes
    Elise Bauer

    Stuffed artichokes are a perfect artichoke appetizer! Globe artichokes are trimmed and stuffed with herbed parmesan breadcrumb stuffing, then baked.

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  • Broccoli and Broccolini

  • Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

    Broccoli Beef in white bowl
    Elise Bauer

    No need for take out, you can easily make Chinese Broccoli Beef stir fry right at home. Only takes 30 minutes!

  • Potato and Broccoli Curry

    Potato Broccoli Curry
    Sheryl Julian

    Vegan broccoli and potato curry with a dairy-free creamy sauce made with ground almonds. Perfect for a healthy midweek meal!

  • Oven Roasted Broccolini

    Roasted Broccolini
    Elise Bauer

    Don't mistake broccolini with its bitter look-alike broccoli rabe. Broccolini is tender and delicious! Here's an easy way to make it, oven roasted with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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  • Watercress, Arugula, & Mustard Greens

  • Watercress Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

    Watercress Bacon Salad
    Elise Bauer

    The season is short for real watercress (not the hydroponic cress), so when you see it in the market, buy it! Great in salads, especially with a warm bacon dressing.

  • Arugula Pesto

    Arugula Pesto
    Elise Bauer

    No need to wait for summer basil to make pesto, you can make a wonderful nutty pesto with arugula and walnuts. Great on pasta!

  • Mustard Greens

    Mustard Greens
    Elise Bauer

    Have you ever tasted mustard greens? If you like mustard, you'll love the peppery flavor of these greens. Sauté them in olive oil with onions and garlic, and finish with a dash of sesame oil.

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  • Green Garlic, Spring Onions, and Leeks

  • Spring Minestrone Soup

    Spring Minestrone
    Elise Bauer

    Spring vegetables play well together in this springtime version of the classic Italian minestrone, with peas, new potatoes, green garlic, artichoke hearts, asparagus and spring greens.

  • Artichoke Leek Frittata

    Artichoke Leek Frittata
    Elise Bauer

    Tender frittata with eggs, sautéed leeks, artichoke hearts, Parmesan, tarragon and chives. Perfect for a weekend brunch and reheats well to enjoy leftovers the next day.

  • Spinach and Chard

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  • Creamy Ziti Florentine

    Creamy Ziti Florentine
    Sally Vargas

    Creamy Ziti Florentine is quick and easy, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made it with spinach, green onions, lemon, and ricotta cheese.

  • Green Goddess Mac and Cheese

    Green Goddess Mac Cheese
    Elise Bauer

    Get your power greens in this macaroni cheese! With loads of baby spinach, parsley, garlic, white sharp cheddar, Parmesan, and macaroni pasta.

  • Mini Muffin Frittatas

    Mini Muffin Frittatas
    Elise Bauer

    These gluten-free mini frittatas are made with eggs, feta, mushrooms, onions and chard. You can make a batch, chill them, and then just reheat in the microwave a few at a time when you want a light breakfast or lunch.