Connect with nature and show your children where their food comes from by eating the seasons. Use this seasonal food guide and tips for eating seasonally. Plus, download my free Eat the Seasons poster.
Eat the season :: foods in season in spring
This activity is part of my Spring Activities resources, which include an introduction to the season and complete units on Daffodils, Eggs, Seeds and Shoots, and running a Nature Study project. See our full resources and free printables here.
Eating the Season
One of the easiest, almost automatic, ways to connect your family with the cycle of the year is to eat seasonally.
As with anything, this can be as simple or as in depth as you want it to be. You might live on a homestead, growing and foraging for most of your food, but you can align your menus to the time of year if you live in a city too.
Children can learn so many skills when they are involved in cooking: maths, science, life skills. Being part of the food planning, shopping, growing and preparing also gives them the gift of knowing where their food comes from, how rich nature is, and how to make healthy choices for their bodies.
Foods in season in spring
You can visit the store or market and pick some foods that are in season the next few months which for most of us in the north, include:
Arugula/rocket :: asparagus :: broccoli :: celery :: cabbage :: spring greens :: wild garlic / ramsons :: spinach :: salad leaves :: strawberries (later in spring) :: elderflowers (later in spring) :: wood sorrel :: mallow :: nettles :: new potatoes :: Douglas fir tips :: lilac :: chives :: dandelions :: peas :: radish :: rhubarb :: fiddle heads
NurtureStore subscribers can print a free spring Eating the Seasons poster (see below) and use it as your shopping list.
How to eat more seasonally
Some changes are easy to make and others involve more foraging and cooking adventures.
You can chop up some chives and add them to your scrambled eggs for a spring flavour boost.
You can grow your first crops now, with quick-growing salad leaves, radish and peas – I’ll show you how to get started in week four.
Forage for wild garlic, dandelions, douglas fir, and lilac and elderflowers later in the season.
Don’t miss the spring highlights of asparagus, rhubarb, and wild garlic.
As we work through our spring lesson plans we’ll match recipes to our weekly topics, including rhubarb muffins, spring frittata, nest cakes and wild garlic pesto. You can find more ideas on my Spring Recipes Pinterest Board.
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