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on Monday, 07 April 2014 in Culinary Trends

 

coloredcauliflowerI know it is hard to believe with those late-in-the-season snowfalls we had recently (that groundhog wasn’t kidding!!), but spring is “officially” here! With any luck, we will soon be shedding the heavy jackets, hats and gloves and welcoming days out in the sun.

It also is a perfect time for a shift in what we like to eat. I love seasonal foods and shaking things up. I’m ready to say goodbye to the warm, hearty soups, stews and casseroles and bring on the lighter side salads and grilled favorites—and that means a return to local gardens and farms!


Now is the time to start thinking about the types of yummy fruits, veggies and spices you might want to plant in your own garden. We traditionally think of those juicy tomatoes, crunchy orange carrots and succulent cucumbers, and perhaps our favorite berries, but why not try expanding your produce palette with different kinds of harvests this year?


You can start with the old standbys – but add a rainbow of color! Did you know that carrots come in colors other than orange? Yup, they do! Try a purple, yellow, blood red or white carrot crop. Purple or orange cheddar cauliflower options make for a fun and nutritious addition! Or how about some broccoli and artichokes, or root vegetables such as beets or celeriac? Spice up your spice collection with some chili or habanero peppers, or grow your own stevia (perfect non-sugar sweetener for those on low-glycemic diets). A fruit lover? There are more melon variations than you can ever imagine—and have you ever had a blackberry or huckleberry?


Not a gardener with a green thumb? (I hear you! Me neither.) There are many local farmstands you can reach out to for either on-the-spot purchases, or become a part of a local community supported agriculture program. With a little research, you can find a local resource that can spice up your warmer weather recipes with new and exciting ingredients!

 

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