Friday, May 16, 2008

TGIF - Seriously People

I'm so glad the weekend is here. I'll be doing lots of fun (and routine) things this weekend, including a girls' night tonight with sushi and scrapbooking and maybe even a movie.

Even more exciting than that is the first CSA pick-up of the season: an asparagus-only harvest! I'm so excited to get some fresh asparagus. I think I can honestly say this is my favorite vegetable and I wait all winter for the first asparagus of the season. (That stuff you get year-round at the grocery store? Not so good.)

The big farmer's market here opened on May 4th, so I'll be making a trip there on Sunday to visit my farmer friends and see what's ready for harvesting. I'm expecting to get some fresh salad greens, more asparagus (I think I'll freeze some), and herb seedlings. I'm planning to expand my herb garden to include rosemary, lavender and cilantro, along with whatever looks good and I think I'll use. Look for awesome recipes and fun food stuff again this year. With lots of produce from the Cromwell Valley CSA and my commitment to One Local Summer, I'm sure food will be a major source of content around here over the next few months. And I might just try another month of La Vida Local if I'm feeling up to the challenge.

With all this fun stuff, my mood's sure to improve after this blah week. Some laughs with the girls and fresh food in the kitchen are sure to beat the doldrums I've been stuck in.

Hope you have a weekend of fun planned, too!


Anonymous said...

My family has discovered asparagus in the last month. My girls love it. LOVE it! So weird that a 2 year old and a 4 year old love asparagus.

I can't wait to plant all my herbs. I went to the greenhouse the other day and picked up a bunch. I can't plant a garden this year so I'm going to do pots on my deck.

And what is up with everyone and the blah moods this week? It seems to be epidemic! I know I had a mighty case of them. I hope your weekend improves your spirit and next week is better for you : )

patresa hartman said...

mmmm... asparagus. i had the best asaparagus ever in germany last year. they have big asparagus festivals every year.

i'm really interested in this local foods challenge. it just seems so daunting. i am a LAZY cook. so lazy that it deserves ALL CAPS.

but you've also reminded me that it's saturday and the farmer's market is going on downtown. time to go!

Ami said...

erin - I've always loved asparagus. It's funny, too, because when I was a kid I'm pretty sure the only kind I got was the mushy canned kind. Fresh is SO much better! :)

p - Asparagus festival?!? That's my kind of party! Eating locally does take a lot of planning and cooking, but in my opinion, it was well worth it last year. And if you try One Local Summer, you only have to plan and cook one meal a week. :) Hope you got some great stuff at the farmer's market!

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