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 Eat the Seasons poster.
Eat the season :: foods in season in spring
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
You can print the spring Eating the Seasons poster from the Seasons School Spring Curriculum 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.
Download all the Spring units and printables
Download our complete Spring lesson plans, activities and printables and your spring teaching will be so easy!
:: five complete units of ebooks and printables for Nature Study, Welcome Spring, Daffodils, Seeds and Shoots, and Eggs and Birds
:: over 50 engaging activities and lesson plans that your children will love
:: over 30 pages of printables that make teaching so easy
:: a balanced programme of math, science, literacy, arts and crafts, nature study, sensory and imaginative play
:: a practical resource that you can start using today, in class or at home
:: weeks worth of learning all planned for you, to take you right through the season
:: created with children aged 4 to 8 in mind
You're going to love this super useful resource!