I‘ve been waiting and watching for the familiar colors of my two favorite Spring produce items: deep pink shades of strawberry and the pale mossy green of asparagus shoots. I’ve been pestering my mom in Elon, inquiring about the status of the small asparagus patch in their back yard. Last weekend my mom told me she had six stalks she felt were ready to harvest. That news and the recent run of warmer weather gives me the feeling this might be my lucky week. So, I’ve bookmarked this list of 22 asparagus recipes, anticipating that I’ll have the opportunity to start working my way through the recipes soon. Time will tell. If I do find one or the other this weekend, I’ll be sure to Tweet it out: #StrawberrySuccess #AsparagusAccomplished. And you feel free to do the same – let us all know where we can find the goods!
Last week many farmers’ markets started early Spring/Summer hours and this week a few more open for the first day of the 2013 season:
- Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market in Pittsboro returns for another fabulous season on Saturday, April 13th (8 am to 1 pm). Look for vendors offering fresh, seasonal produce and a wide variety of meat products – from rabbits to beef to a tasty German salami. Special opening day guests include a local mystery author and live music for those who enjoy being serenaded while shopping.
- Watch for traffic detours if you plan a visit to Carrboro Farmers’ Market this Saturday as the first ever Carrboro Open Streets event will have folks out and about.
- Durham Farmers’ Market welcomes NCCU and Duke students at the first ever College Day during the Saturday, April 13th market. The Wednesday afternoon market opens on the 17th (hours 3:30 – 6:30 pm). Look for new vendors: Big Spoon Roasters, Imagine That Gluten Free, Tempeh Girl and Waterdog Farms, a small farm in Hurdle Mills specializing in herbs, teas, flowers and heirloom vegetables.
- Speaking of mid-week markets, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market will open Tuesday afternoon markets April 16th, 3 – 6 pm. More market shop-portunities are never a bad thing.
- Midtown Farmers’ Market, found in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping area, reopens this Saturday (8 am to noon) with 50 vendors to welcome eager market shoppers. Opening day special events include musical performance from Jo Gore & the Alternative and Compost Now will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of compost.
- The Saturday Market in downtown Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood starts Spring hours this Saturday, opening at 9:30 am (until 1:30 pm). This unique downtown market features a variety of produce, artisan food & beverage and usually a food truck for those inclined to stick around for lunch (American Meltdown’s on the schedule for this week).
Don’t forget! In just two short weeks it’s back, the Piedmont Farm Tour, April 27th & 28th! Tickets are $25 in advance, available online now or pick up your button & brochure at your nearest Weaver Street Market location. Tour all the farms you care to over the weekend, with a car load of your family and friends, and a cooler for packing in all the farm fresh products you can carry.
So that’s the local market news for this week. The weather should be wonderful and the market brimming with produce of many colors. See you there & thanks for keeping it local!