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WA Grown Food Kit For Spinach

Spinach is the most widely used dark leafy green in the U.S., popular for cooking and faw salads. It's often the first vegetable directly seeded into the garden in early spring, as it prefers and thrives in the cool, moist soil. Spinach is generally available until a heavy freeze or snow cover in late fall. In Washington State, spinach is available from April through December. Both the flat-leafed and the crinkly-leafed (or savoy) varieties are commonly produced.

ref: “From Asparagus to Zucchini – A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce (3rd Edition)”


Washington Harvest Salad Green Poster [FREE download]

WA Harvest Salad Greens PosterClick to view the full-size PDF. The poster is designed to be printed at either 11" x 17" or 2' x 3'.

Highlight Washington-grown spinach served in your program with this beautiful poster! The poster provides nutrition facts under "THRIVE", agriculture information under "GROW", and tips for preparation, cooking, and fun facts, etc. under "TASTE". 

Special thanks to Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Agriculture for sharing their poster files, from which many of the food facts were adapted, and to WSU Stevens County Extension for helping us update and add new facts for Washington State.

School Recipes

  • Rainbow Salad with Lemon-Honey Dressing

Child Care Recipes

For Child Care Recipes click here.

Nutrition Facts

In the U.S. in the 1920s, spinach became commercially popular by the Popeye the Sailorman cartoons, who proudly advocated spinach consumption.