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Pea shoots and spring

April 3, 2012

Fresh market farmers spend winter months plotting their next planting season – always with an eye towards improvement; using lessons learned to plant what thrives best in their soil type, balanced with what customers want.  Spring hits and it’s time for long days and an insane list of chores.  For many of us urban dwellers without gardens, we’re just waiting for the farmers’ markets to open.

One of the early crops to watch for that is gaining notoriety is the pea shoot –    those first bright, green, young and tender leaves and tendrils from snow pea vines or garden peas.  Nutritionally, pea shoots are a boon for Vit K and Vit C, and also a good source of Vit A and folate.  Put pea shoots on your market list.

Check out this recipe for Pea Shoot and Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Reduction here. For additional information about pea shoots, visit For farmers’ market locations in Minnesota, visit

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