I've said it before; I'm a wannabe locavore. Ever since I read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last December, I've been waiting for the day that the local harvest starts arriving here on the east coast. This harvest season, I intend to buy as much local food as possible for my family.
Yesterday, I got an e-mail from our local farmer's market saying opening day was just one month away. At 8am on May 3rd, you will find me excitedly walking up and down the stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats and baked goods. Not everything sold (especially in the beginning of May) will be local, but I intend to hunt down what is in season and what is local.
Today, I got an e-mail from one of the local farms. The first local crop has come in - fresh Jersey spinach. Now, we're not a big spinach eating family; the main spinach consumption in my house is in the form of the spinach dip made from the Knorr vegetable soup packet that you place inside a pumpernickel bread bowl. But I've never purposefully bought fresh spinach in season before. I'm suspecting it's going to be a whole different taste experience from the frozen chopped spinach I've served my family a few times.
They also have local Jersey hot house tomatoes starting to arrive. I've bought very few tomatoes since last fall - mainly a few plum tomatoes now and then to cut up for taco night. I'm looking forward to growing my own this summer, but if there are local hot house ones right now, I may need to grab a few. I grew very fond of simple tomato and cheese sandwiches last summer.
So it's time to start getting excited about the local harvests. Of course, what we get most excited about around here is the Jersey corn crop that comes in around the 4th of July in full force. But for now, I'll take what I can get.
What in season, local food are you most looking forward to in the upcoming months?