Within a couple of weeks, we've gone from cool and rainy to hot and sunny! The growing season is well and truly underway now. Watch for more and more of your favorite produce appearing at the markets- over the next couple of weeks we'll see strawberries appear in droves!

In other news, the American Farmland Trust has begun its annual contest for America's Favorite Farmers Markets. The Downtown State College Farmers' Market and the North Atherton Farmers Market are both participating this year, and you get to vote! Visit the Farmland Trust's website and search for State College to find our markets and cast your vote! The winning market will receive a shipment of tote bags, a frontpage article on Epicurious.com and other prizes.

And for all you aspiring chefs out there, visit WPSU.org and enter the Local Food Journey's strawberry recipe contest. With strawberry season just starting to be upon us, it's the perfect time to experiment and hone your best recipe. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering!

What's in season now?

Berries: Strawberries
Greens: Arugula, Chard, Escarole, Kale, Lettuces, Mustard Greens, Bok Choy, Spinach
Herbs: Basil
Vegetables: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage (chinese), Carrots, Celery, Garlic Scapes, Peas (snap), Peas (snow), Potatoes (new red), Radish, Scallions, Tomatoes (generally toward the end of the month- but Kreider's Family Farms at the North Atherton Farmers' Market has hothouse tomatoes now!)

This Week's Featured Recipe: Asian-Inspired Carrot Pasta Salad


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