Local, fresh produce returns.

Patience may be a virtue, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Take winter, for example. It can test anyone’s patience and sometimes feels like it will never end. Yes, if you’re a gardener, there are seed catalogs to browse and plans to make. And in the kitchen, there’s always another nourishing, hearty stew to simmer and savor. But the arrival of spring is a true cause for celebration. A new growing season has arrived and with it comes fresh, local produce.

3, 2, 1 … grow!

The best news about gardening is you don’t need a lot of space to do it. Even apartment dwellers can use patios, balconies and windowsills. You can also start seeds indoors, and some veggies can be planted outdoors in temperatures as low as 35° F. Rest assured, your favorite farmers market growers will be ready when your local market re-opens outdoors for the summer because they started their growing season long ago in greenhouses. The biggest question is simply, what’s for dinner tonight?

The essence of the season.

Many veggies are at their freshest and most tender in the spring. The Just BARE Chicken website has an extensive recipe library, and here’s a preview of what you’ll find browsing the collection. Asparagus? Morel mushrooms? Kale? Yes, yes, yes and more. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for this spring and throughout the year.