Forego the packaged trimmed, peeled carrots labeled "baby carrots" and opt for small carrots with the tops attached. Trim the green tops to within one inch and refrigerate in the crisper drawer to keep themcrisp.
Baby turnips have a sweet, mild flavor and tender texture. Choose those that are firm, unblemished, and sweet-smelling.
Freshly shelled green peas are sweet and tender. Look for pods that are crisp, with no blemishes or signs of wilting.