Saturday, May 17, 2008

Signs of Spring, Part II

After a long winter of lettuce, rice, pasta, and sweet potatoes -- berries have finally returned to the CSA Basket.

Don't get me wrong -- I love me some sweet potatoes. But winter is a long, lean time when you're trying to eat locally and seasonally. (I admit it -- I've walked into Kroger in the dead of night to purchase Chilean berries. I'm not proud.)

The April basket included the season's first strawberries. They were plump and sweet, with deep red flesh and sweet juice. We ate most of them straight from the rinse with a splash of cream -- but they also contributed to the season's first ice cream.

I'm told the ice cream was very good. The entire batch was consumed while I was out of town. (Note the deliberate use of the passive voice, which seems less antagonistic than saying, "My &^%$# husband ate it all when I wasn't around." I'm all about marital harmony.)

Other items in the April:
  • Smoked bacon
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Milk, butter, cream, and custard from Seven Doves Creamery
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Organic short-grain brown rice
  • Spring mix (lettuce, etc.)
  • Raw milk cheese - regular cheddar and jalapeno chedder
  • Sweet potatoes
  • A small round of 8-grain bread from Boulevard Bread
The May basket is just a week and a half away. My fingers are crossed for blackberries.

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