Local Spring Eats

Spring is such an exciting time for those of us who love local food and love being outside.  Many of our annual spring garden tasks, earliest harvesting opportunities, and favorite recipes already have past posts devoted to them.  Click on the photos or titles below to check out what we’re doing to get ready for our 2014 garden, which early spring plants can be foraged from the wild, and what I do with these early shoots and greens in the kitchen:

Seeds vs. Seedlings:

With these early warm temperatures, many people are starting to think about summer vegetable gardening.  And it’s the perfect time to start your own seeds!  I usually start tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the second half of March and most other seedlings after that.  But should you start your own seedlings?  The answer isn’t necessarily yes.

With these early warm temperatures, many people are starting to think about summer vegetable gardening. And it’s the perfect time to start your own seeds! I usually start tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the second half of March and most other seedlings after that. But should you start your own seedlings? The answer isn’t necessarily yes.

Starting a Container Garden:

Do you rent?  Do you have limited if any space to grow vegetables this summer?  Are you thinking about moving apartments in June or September?  Do you hesitate to garden because you might have to buy a lot of new supplies? Good news: if you’re willing to be creative and resourceful, YOU can have an easy container garden this season!

Do you rent? Do you have limited if any space to grow vegetables this summer? Are you thinking about moving apartments in June or September? Do you hesitate to garden because you might have to buy a lot of new supplies? Good news: if you’re willing to be creative and resourceful, YOU can have an easy container garden this season!

Early Spring Garden Chores:

Here are some of the first things we can do in our Vermont garden when the soil is dry enough to work.

Here are some of the first things we can do in our Vermont garden when the soil is dry enough to work.

Spring Foraging:

Early spring is the perfect time to forage for wild greens.  Many of the first plants to emerge from river banks, forests, and fields are edible, and they’re available before anything is ready from the garden.  In addition, early shoots are often the most delectible part of plant to eat!

Early spring is the perfect time to forage for wild greens. Many of the first plants to emerge from river banks, forests, and fields are edible, and they’re available before anything is ready from the garden. In addition, early shoots are often the most delectible part of plant to eat!

Favorite Spring Meals:

Spring is an exciting time for those of us who eat local ingredients.  Each week, it seems, there’s a new ingredient poking up from the ground, tempting me to incorporate it into my next dish.

Spring is an exciting time for those of us who eat local ingredients. Each week, it seems, there’s a new ingredient poking up from the ground, tempting me to incorporate it into my next dish.

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