While March brings forth Women’s History Month and the Youth Art Month, it also offers our first burst of fresh and in-season fruits and vegetables of the year.
Why the importance on “seasonal” fruits and vegetables?
While one can can always find tomatoes, leafy greens, and essential fruits at the local grocery store, it does not always mean that it’s “fresh.” That limp head of lettuce may not have been grown nearby. It may have traveled thousands of miles across the globe and picked over a week before landing in your fridge. By this time these delicate living organisms have diminished in nutritional value, and flavor.
The main benefit of eating local, in-season produce, is the gift of maximum nutrition. In addition, you are investing in, and supporting, your community by purchasing from local farmers. Lastly, you drastically reduce your carbon footprint by not having your food shipped across the continent.
Lastly, purchasing in season fruits and vegetables just taste better! They are fresh so they are typically riper and more crisp than products that sat in a crate for days on end. Some of the best places to pick these in season fruits and vegetables is at your neighborhood farmers market. It’ll give you a chance to compare freshness from different farms, and also give you the chance to talk directly with the growers.
Here are a list of 20 in-season fruits and vegetables you should add to your grocery list for the month of March.
2. Brussels Sprouts
The Junípero Serra Museum, located in Presidio Park, is an ideal setting for a stunning and unique wedding or social event. The mission-style building was constructed in 1929 as museum, not a mission, and is located above San Diego’s historic Old Town. Centrally located in San Diego, the museum boasts spectacular city and ocean views. The rustic outdoor terrace and our intimate interior gallery creates a perfect historical atmosphere for any event.
The Beach Terrace Inn is a small and intimate hotel, with a beach front location that is both privileged and rare. The beach Terrace Inn specializes in beach weddings and they have a wonderful reception room that has a full ocean view. A wedding with sand in your toes… A poolside cocktail party… A wedding reception under the warm glow of a Pacific sunset… You can’t go wrong with this amazing San Diego wedding venue.
The spacious, one story facility is the hub of the multipurpose complex that includes the scenic Cabrillo Marina, excellent restaurant and the elegant Double Tree Hotel by Hilton. From the Plaza, its patio and courtyard visitors to the Marina can watch activities of nearby Cabrillo Beach. Capable of hosting events for up to 120 seated or 260 standing guests and up to 750 for outdoor events, the Plaza features convenient parking in the Cabrillo Plaza parking lot.
The 1909 is located in the heart of the Topanga National Park, hidden under the canopy of protected California oak trees, and nourished by the sacred waters of Topanga Creek. Centrally located off Topanga Canyon Blvd. The 1909 is an ideal location, only minutes away from Woodland Hills to the north, and Malibu to the south. The 1909 was envisioned to provide a unique platform for a variety of social and business events.
Studio 1342 is a fun space decked out with a fire pit, movie screen, and a little mid-century modern flair. The space has enough personality on its own but blank enough to add your own decor and vendors. Studio 1342 is a great space for a wedding and a great space to have a great time.
Marvimon has moved to Millwick! Originally built as a livery and then used as a cold-storage warehouse, Millwick has reinvented itself as a unique stand alone, super-loft open to private events, outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, exhibitions and productions. The 7,000 square foot layout can accommodate up to 170 people.
5200 Venice Studios is a stylish 1960’s decorated studio space with Mid-Century Modern furniture perfect for small events, meetings, or photo shoots. The space has natural lighting, 15 parking spots, lounge area, makeup room, patio, and a courtyard. 5200 Venice Studios is a great place to throw a gather and let loose.
Based out of Sicily, Stemmari Vineyard has become a dominant winery using both native and international veritels. With it’s reasonable price point and balanced bottles it should be at the top of everyone’s grocery list or on the menu for your upcoming event.
Eco Caters catered a wine and hors-d’oeuvre social with the owners of Stemmari Vineyard. While the event was highly entertaining, served with all organic food of course, our staff was lucky enough to have each received a bottle of Stemmari Pinot Noir as a gift. I was so enthused, having read praising reviews of the wine months earlier, and looking forward to enjoying this bottle with my wife.
Later that week my wife and I planned a special dinner so that we could enjoy the bottle together. We paired a simple beet salad with a soft goats cheese and roasted pork tenderloin. As we sat down to eat we popped the cork on our Stemmaari Pinot Noir. We instantly inhaled notes of cherry, currant and pepper.
Our first impression of the wine was that it was well balanced and with a nice spice to it. It pulled forward the deep flavor of the beats, the gamey flavors in the goats cheese, and the rosemary from the pork.
We were very impressed with the bottle and have since purchased several others. It’s an enjoyable bottle of wine for sipping, paired with food, or a special occasion. We also could not believe how reasonably priced it was and have since found it a few of our usual grocery stores.
Celebrated for its hot sunny climate, historic monuments and rich culinary tradition, Sicily has been producing rich flavored and full-bodied wines since Greek and Roman times. Well known for its warm Mediterranean climate, hot sun, intense sun-light, and fertile soil, Sicily has blossomed into one of the world’s most promising wine regions.
Arancio cultivates its own grapes in two large estates along the windy south coast of the island. A total of 1,700 acres of estate vineyards are planted in single varietal fields in order to offer 100% single varietal wines to the final consumer.
Arancio’s new state-of-the-art facilities are utilized to take full advantage of what this bountiful land has to offer. A new generation of talented and passionate Sicilian winemarkers and vineyard managers produce Arancio wines that are consistent representations of Sicilian and International varietals grown in the hot Sicilian climate. Arancio wines are well reviewed by all major international magazines, year after year.