Beginning of Spring, or a Locavore's Darkest Weeks?

crocusesThe crocuses are blooming in my garden. The neighborhood restaurants have pulled out their outdoor seating. I saw someone in flip-flops today. Yay! We made it through the winter! Right? Not so fast.

At the farmers’ markets and in the garden we’re still weeks away from the first spring crops. I am SO ready for asparagus and strawberries! But what’s available for sale is still storage and cold frame stuff: apples, root vegetables, and Brassicaceae like kale, collards, and cabbage.


Fortunately, the foraging season is underway. It fills in the gaps in the agricultural calendar perfectly. A couple of nights ago I had a field garlic and daylily shoot stir-fry to go with dinner. The garlic mustard, violet leaves, and chickweed are up, so there’s fresh salad aplenty.

Okay, here comes the shameless plug for my upcoming classes. If you’re intrigued by the wild edibles, join me for Edible Weeds at BBG or Foraging with Green Edge NYC. If you’re prepping your veg and herb garden, you might want to join me for Victory Gardens.


My new book is here! Yeah, The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is available on Amazon, but better for both of us if you order an author-signed copy directly from me. Email me if you’re interested.

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes by Leda Meredith Ditto: email me if you’d like an author-signed copy.

One response to “Beginning of Spring, or a Locavore's Darkest Weeks?”

  1. acmeplant says:

    I’d like a copy, please! I’m in Austin, TX this weekend and I expect to find lots more than Brassicaceae and potatoes at the farmers market tomorrow. It’s shorts and t shirt weather here. Not that I’m trying to rub it in or anything… : )

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