But…when spring rolls around, it’s lots more fun. You see more familiar faces and you can tell which month it is based on the farmers’ inventory. Here in Maryland, shortly (okay, not next week but I’m dreaming about it…) we’ll start seeing asparagus, strawberries, peas, radishes. blueberries.Then later, squash, corn, tomatoes, melons and so much more in between. Cannot wait. I can taste the freshly shelled peas now. Just the thought of fresh Maryland corn and tomatoes makes a grey winter day a whole lot better.
Right now is the time to join a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That means you “buy in” now for a share of produce each week during the main growing season, supporting a local farm. I’ve written about my friends at One Straw Farm before – they do the CSA thing really well and this is my fifth year of membership with them. But, you should do your research and choose whichever one seems best for you. You can find CSAs near you by searching on Local Harvest. Then, each week from June through November, you’ll get fresh local produce and you will know exactly where your food comes from – it doesn’t get any better or fresher than that.
Another option – if you have the time and space – is to plant a vegetable garden. Big or small, you will save money, get creative and…learn a lot along the way. It’s the ultimate satisfaction – picking your food right when you’re going to eat it. Kinda like how I collect eggs from myhens and then cook them for breakfast. I love it! If you need help with your garden, get in touch with Chrissa Carlson of Urban Farmhouse. She can help you lay it out, figure out what crops to plant, help with irrigation and more.
Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to seeing at my local farmers market this season- how about you?
See the Charm City Cook talk about her irresistible salted caramel brownies!
- Q&A with Patrick Hudson of True Chesapeake Oyster Co., opening Oct. 9 - October 2, 2019
- Chef Carlos Raba on Good Energy, Mexican Spaghetti and the Road to Clavel - September 12, 2017
- Chewing the Fat: Michael Mina of Wit & Wisdom - December 18, 2015