We can talk until we’re blue in the face about our amazing year-round California produce, but sometimes we forget to take advantage of it. So grab a couple of totes and fill them with the glorious spring bounty—from asparagus to cherries—at your local farmers’ market, because it’s time to cook. Here are eight easy recipes for your seasonal groceries.

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BUY CHERRIES, MAKE CHERRY CLAFOUTIS

If you’re bored of your old dessert standbys, it’s time to meet cherry clafoutis, a French baked custard dappled with fresh fruit and finished with powdered sugar.

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artichoke dip sf farmers market recipes
Project Juice

BUY ARTICHOKES, MAKE HOT SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP

The clean-eating folks at Project Juice have given this traditionally indulgent dip a deliciously healthy makeover using all plant-based ingredients and cashew cheese.

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BUY RHUBARB, MAKE MINI OMBRÉ RHUBARB CAKES

Everything’s prettier in pink. This season’s rhubarb crop gets the sweet-tart treatment in these cute mini cakes with buttercream frosting. And since they’re so small, you should probably have two.

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asparagus flatbread sf farmers market recipes
Erin McDowell

BUY ASPARAGUS, MAKE ASPARAGUS FLATBREAD

Attention: Asparagus is now in season. (The crowd cheers!) To make the most of this spring vegetable, we use it as a topping in our flatbread recipe.

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Ryan Robert Miller

BUY APRICOTS, MAKE FREEKEH SALAD WITH HALLOUMI, APRICOTS AND GRILLED ZUCCHINI

Fruit doesn’t always have to be sweet. Apricots go the savory route in this dish with good-for-you ancient grains and salty, delicious halloumi cheese.

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fava beans sf farmers market recipes
Andres Aravena

BUY FAVA BEANS, MAKE WARM FAVA BEAN AND CHERRY TOMATO SALAD WITH POACHED EGGS

Like rising temperatures and hemlines, fava beans have always signaled the start of spring to us. Weather permitting, we recommend eating this brunch salad alfresco with a glass of chilled white wine.

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loquats sf farmers market recipes
Gourmet Project

BUY LOQUATS, MAKE BASIL-LOQUAT PESTO

Never heard of loquats? You’re not alone. The kumquat-size fruit, which is only in season from May to June, tastes like the love child of apricots and plums. This spring pesto recipe combines fresh basil with the fruit for a tangy pasta dressing you’ll want all to yourself.

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Project Juice

BUY FRESH PEAS, MAKE GOLDEN MILK DAAL

Everyone in your office will have serious lunch envy when you heat up Project Juice’s make-ahead daal with fresh spring peas. Bonus: The anti-inflammatory dish is also an excellent source of protein.

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