Enjoy the Bounty of Spring Produce

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Woman looks at vegetable selection at local farmers market.

Farmers market season is here, and what better way to enjoy all that spring has to offer than by shopping for fresh, locally grown produce? Eating seasonally is best since produce is at its optimal flavor and quality, and prices are typically lower. Take the kids along, and let them pick out fruits and vegetables, encouraging them to try new ones. You can also talk directly with farmers and learn more about the origin of your food. 

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in a range of colors is beneficial to your health. In addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, plant-based foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that help protect our cells and prevent disease.

Nutritionists recommend at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Spring’s abundance will help you reach that goal.

What’s in Season This Spring

  • Red: Radishes, red apples, rhubarb and strawberries.
  • Orange: Apricots and carrots.
  • Yellow: Bananas, pineapple, lemons and yellow apples.
  • Green: Asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, celery, collard greens, herbs, green apples, kale, kiwi, lettuce, limes, peas, spinach and Swiss chard.
  • White: Garlic, mushrooms, onions and turnips.

Local Eastside Farmers Markets—Mark Your Calendars! 

Opening in May 2024

Bellevue Farmers Market
Thursdays, May 23–Sept. 26, 3–7 p.m.
Thursdays, Oct. 3–24, 3–6 p.m.
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

Issaquah Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 4–Sept. 28
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah

Redmond Saturday Market
Saturdays, May 11–Oct. 26
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
9900 Willows Rd NE, Redmond

Sammamish Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May 15–Sept. 25
4–8 p.m.
801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish

Opening in June 2024

Crossroads Farmers Market
Tuesdays, June 4–Sept. 24 
noon–6 p.m.
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue

Kirkland Wednesday Market
Wednesdays, June 5–Sept. 25
3–7 p.m.
25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sundays, June 2–Sept. 29
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
7700 SE 32nd St, Mercer Island


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