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Cravings

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It may be spring, literally, but for me it isn’t really here until the farmer’s markets and the Snowball Stand open, and until the fresh spring veggies arrive.

For example, the arrival of asparagus in my yard and in my garden. And on my plate.

Simple eggs and asparagus. A perfect brinner. Breakfast for dinner.

My other favorites? Ramps. A trip to Silver Spring market in April will get me a few bunches to satisfy that spring craving.

Another? Morel mushrooms. Usually found at Jenny’s Market, when she opens in May.

Then there’s garlic scapes. We grow garlic at the food bank garden and we bring home the scapes since they aren’t an item the food bank wants. They make great pesto, mixed with almonds and Parmesan cheese.

Saying farewell to root vegetables for a while and welcoming those vibrant greens. Herbs. Lettuces.

What goodies would this inspire? A few side salads.

That reminds me. Baby veggies. Micro greens. New potatoes. Scallions. All those things that we harvest while thinning the gardens.

Time to put away the stew pots and bring out the salad plates.

Springing Forward

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Not my favorite time of year. Adjusting to the time change.

I am working on so many projects and just can’t get motivated to get up when I should, as my brain keeps telling me it’s too early.

Are you like me? Wishing they would just pick a time, one or the other, and stop the switching back and forth. You know, standard time is only four months long, and the daylight saving time is now eight months of the year. Why is the standard only 33% of the year?

For us, we like to have dinner as the sun sets. We tend to be busy outdoors and come in for dinner when we have to stop working in the garden, or maintaining the property, or in my husband’s case, working on his antennas and towers.

Enough complaining. I have to admit that today has been beautiful. Temps in the mid 70s. No rain. It all missed us. I headed into Clarksville earlier to do a few errands and I could see that the businesses are taking advantage of the weather. The windows are open at Food Plenty. I bet there are a few people already out on the patios. Maybe I should fire up the grill. After I move it back where it belongs. The wind storm a couple weeks ago actually pushed it around a bit.

This may be just a short taste of the coming spring, but it is most welcome after a wet miserable winter.

I am thinking about that summer trip to Charlottesville and the view from Barboursville.

The octagonal ruins designed by Jefferson. Made me think of the tomato seedlings growing in my kitchen. All heirlooms from Monticello. Prudens purple, purple calabash and red fig. Hoping that this summer will be kind to my veggie garden, and not drown it like last summer.

What signs of spring make you happiest? Flowers. Gardens. Outdoor activities. Grilling. Dining al fresco. That’s my short list.