Since the beginning of 2017, my family and I have made a major effort eat more fruits and vegetables. The goal was to eat a primarily plant-based diet with only a small serving of animal proteins. This way of eating actually started out as a test to see how we felt after indulging a little too much over the holidays. What we didn’t expect, and I can confidently speak for both my husband and daughter now that we’ve been mostly plant-based for three months, was just how good we would feel eating mostly fresh produce.
This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
Much of our success can be attributed to the abundance of fresh produce we have in Florida, even during the winter months. We’re very fortunate in that we have a fantastic local farmer’s market with Fresh From Florida foods only a few miles away. On Saturday mornings my family piles up in the car and heads to the market with our reusable bags to stock up on fruits and veggies for the week. I buy whatever is in season and then meal plan around our haul.
You may think that fresh produce is lacking in the winter months, but you’d be wrong. Some of the most delicious varieties of Fresh from Florida produce are available, thanks to Florida farmers who plant and harvest year-round. We buy Fresh From Florida in the winter (and all year for that matter) because it’s local, always tastes fresh and it helps support our community.
The month of March is especially fantastic with colorful and flavorful bell peppers, cucumbers, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, and eggplant in season … and that’s just to name a few! Here’s a look at all of the great Fresh from Florida commodities available in March.
If you don’t have a farmer’s market nearby, be sure to check out your local grocery chain. Publix, for example, always carries Fresh From Florida produce and seafood year-round— just look for the Fresh From Florida label.
My favorite Fresh From Florida foods this time of year are tomatoes and strawberries— I seriously can’t get enough of either! I like to eat strawberries plain or put them in a smoothie, and the tomatoes taste the best when they’re sliced with a pinch of sea salt. Mmmmmm… so good!
For more information on Fresh From Florida, including recipes and what’s in season, check out their website. Also, be sure to follow Fresh From Florida on social media and check out their Fresh! recipe videos.