Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Local AND patriotic?!

Our internet connection was wonky all weekend, I'm sick with some sort of summer cold and my business is kicking my a## so I don't have much time to post but I did want to show you some of the local treats we've been enjoying. Here's a shot of the potatoes I served on the food cart last Saturday. Aren't they beautiful? (The photo is taken through the plastic container the potatoes were in so sorry for the poor quality.)
And when you are sick, there's nothing better than a little locally grown comfort food.

eggs- New Century Farm
potatoes- Engel Bros.
ramps- Harmony Valley Farm

Since we can buy asparagus in December these days, it's becoming harder and harder to figure out what is available seasonally in your area. My favorite things are the remaining hold outs that are still truly seasonal because they haven't figured out how to grow them in Brazil. Ramps fall into this category. A ramp is a wild leek. It grows in forests and it's leaves look sort of like those of a tulip. You can eat the entire thing and they have a special flavor all their own. They are usually around at the first farmer's market in April and will last throughout May if it doesn't get too hot. During their short season, I eat as many as I can. They are amazing grilled and can be used in place of onions in any recipe. Try 'em, you'll like 'em.
I didn't get a shot before we ate them but if you Google "wild leeks" and click "images", there are many pictures.


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Tea said...

Gorgeous potatoes. I hope you feel better soon.

At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Ivonne said...

Well done, Lee!

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Fiber said...

Very gorgeous potatoes. And now I'm off to search for leeks. They sound fantastic!

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Sam said...

I'd just like to point out that I was the one who made that delicious plate of food.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Ali B. said...

Lee! Where are you? Oh yeah, the food cart. Please post again soon! XO

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