Spring in Full Swing

April 22, 2010 § 2 Comments

Happy Earth Day!

I have received my first bunch of asparagus from Star Hollow, and this means one thing only to me- SPRING IS HERE!!

Despite the cold snaps and off and on rain and sunshine, I am fully optimistic for the coming season.  I like to think all that snow has nourished and moisturized the sleeping soil, and that it is now awake and ready to start producing all kinds of delicious bounty.

It’s still a bit early, yes… but many of the markets are open again, and the presence of lilacs at Spring Valley (Dupont) makes me positively giddy.  Strawberries should be in around Mother’s Day, and I plan on buying every single one I can find and staining my face and hands in red as I preserve, can, freeze, bake, and eat them raw and naked straight from the pint.  I’ll be getting tons into Sweetgreen and daily piling them high on top of a creamy swirl of tart Sweetflow, our signature organic frozen yogurt and my favorite daily indulgence.  I visited the beautiful farm where we get most of our local berries recently, Westmoreland Berry Farm, and was able to snap a picture (above) of strawberries in bloom.  They say once the whole field is covered in white blooms, get the buckets ready for picking!

My new Spring Salad is hitting the Sweetgreen restaurants today, and it’s chock full of raw local asparagus- my new favorite way to eat it.  I was inspired by scanning through vegetarian blogs like 101 Cookbooks, where she clearly has the same enthusiasm for Spring food that I do!

Here is a list of markets that are open now, where you can start stalking up on early spring food:

FRESHFARM Dupont Circle– 20th and Q St NW, Sundays 9am-1pm

FRESHFARM Foggy Bottom– Eye St. b/w New Hampshire and 24th St NW, Wednesdays 3-7pm

FRESHFARM Penn Quarter– 8th St. b/w D and E Sts, Thursdays 3-7pm

Eastern Market– 7th St. and North Carolina Ave SE, Sat and Sun 7am-4pm

Palisades Farmers Market– 48th Place and MacArthur Blvd NW, Sundays 9am-1pm

Coming Soon:

FRESHFARM H Street– 625 H St. NE, Saturdays 9am-noon (Opens May 1)

Mt. Pleasant– 17th and Lamont St. NW, Saturdays 9am-1pm (Opens May 1)

U Street– 14th and U St NW, Saturdays 9am-1pm (Opens May 1)

FRESHFARM By the White House– 810 Vermont Ave NW, Thursdays 3-7pm (Opens May 6)

Glover Park-Burleith– Wisconsin Ave and 34th St. NW, Saturdays 9am-1pm (Opens May 8)

Bloomingdale– 1st and R St NW, Sundays 10am-2pm (Opens May 16)

*NEW! Columbia Heights– 14th and Kenyon St. NW, Saturdays 9am-2pm (Opens June 5)

This list was complied by Amy Cavanaugh in today’s Washington Post Express. She also did a fun Q&A with me about eating local foods in DC… should you be so inclined to read it, here is the link 😉

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