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3/21/14 3:45 P

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Yes, you are right, spring produce helps to make salads soo much more exciting!

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3/18/14 1:13 P

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I know when you are watching your weight that sometimes salads can be a bit boring...but with fresh from the garden produce....oh my...they are like lucky charms..."magically delicious". Fresh corn, squash, cukes, tomatoes,peppers, onions, broccoli, radishes, cabbage, ....and the list goes on....throw in a mix of greens (romaine, spinach, etc.) Yes yes yes...top it off with some bacon bits and cheese... But in the spring while you wait for the veggies...try strawberrries, blueberries, nuts, etc on your baby spinach...
Oh my goodness....I can tell it's lunch time...I'm making myself hungry. emoticon

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3/18/14 12:49 P

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There have been asparagus sales here too. I LOVE ASPARAGUS!
so good, and so much natural flavor.

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3/17/14 10:16 P

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I love that pineapple idea, NEPTUNE! And there's lots of it in the produce dept. now, too...

We're in VA, where there've been lots of sales on asparagus at the grocery store lately. I've been gobbling it up, I love it so much! First it came from Chile, now Mexico, and soon - I suspect - we'll see more of it grown closer to home.

Can't wait for our farmer's market to open in early May! My favorite fruit is a sour cherry, and it's at the farmer's market in the summer. My idea of nibblin' Nirvana! emoticon



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3/17/14 7:29 P

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I'm missing raspberries......love them in strawberry yogurt. My mouth is watering thinking about it right now, but I'm sorry, I'm not going to pay $4 for a little thing of raspberries. Frozen raspberries just don't cut it (unless it's in a smoothie). Got some strawberries today and some whipped cream to go along with them as a special treat...yum! emoticon

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3/17/14 9:32 A

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Can't wait for tomatoes...for BLTs (in moderation of course), lower produce prices in the supermarket, farmer's markets, and my aunt's garden produce. Don't forget corn on the cob and watermelon!!!!!!

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3/17/14 8:53 A

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Yes, I am looking forward to summer produce more, especially home grown tomatoes.



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3/17/14 8:47 A

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Oh yes I'm ready for the spring produce. We have a few peaches from Chili but they don't taste too good and are very expensive. I think the majority of my grocery bill comes from fruits and veges so I'll be glad to see the prices go down.

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3/17/14 8:22 A

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Yeah, I'm desperate for my local farmers market to open...but that's not for another 8 weeks. Until then, it's the remnants of the local winter produce and stuff from California and Mexico. Alas.

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3/16/14 9:53 P

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OH yes. I live in the frozen north, and subscribed to a winter farm-share this year as an experiment, even though they're designed for a family of 4 and I'm a single parent with one child half the week. Our weather was so cold this year that even the hardies winter greens kicked the bucket, so it was roots, roots, and more roots.

Don't get me wrong; I love the local winter veggies, but I'm behind on being able to use all the carrots and turnips. I give away the potatoes, because I'm off starchy vegetables and my daughter is allergic (to potato skins, of all things). My daughter eats most of the winter squash, since see above at starchy vegetables.

I made friends with turnips this year and have a tasty Indian recipe if anyone wants it.



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3/16/14 6:53 P

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What I miss most are fresh locally grown berries. We have access to pretty much anything and everything shipped from all over the world but nothing tastes better than locally grown produce. The strawberries that we can currently buy are so uniform and tasteless. I just hate how bland and flavourless produce shipped in from California or Florida tastes, tomatoes are the worst. During the winter months I stick to root veggies, at least they taste like real food.
I believe in eating in season and mostly leave the imported stuff on the shelves.

I am a true locavore, the closer to home the better things taste. When things are grown to be shipped far from home you know they are never going to taste like the real deal. I am tired of waiting 2 weeks for an avocado to ripen. I once was driving behind a truck carrying tomatoes from Florida and a couple literally went bouncing down the road like tennis balls. The tomatoes I grow in my garden would of hit the pavement with a splat, no rubbery bounce to them! I don't know what I would do if I could not grow my own veggies and if not for all the small local farms nearby. It must be hard for those who don't have access to locally grown food.

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3/16/14 1:44 P

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3/16/14 12:53 P

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Oh, pineapple- what a great idea! Maybe I'll stop by the store and get one. I live in NY so it's been too cold to grow anything for months. All the local stuff was harvested back in the fall- apples, pears, root veggies and squash. Spring and summer stuff is either expensive and not very good (berries, melons, peaches and tomatoes) or unavailable (sweet peas, cherries, summer squash, corn on the cob). Probably my real issue is that I'm just tired of winter and ready for spring.



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3/16/14 12:24 P

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Where I live (West Africa) it's too hot to grown much of the produce that I love. Berries, stone fruits, asparagus, etc., don't grow here and to buy imported produce is crazy expensive. I once spent 15 dollars on a bunch of asparagus because they looked so beautiful and I missed them so much. When I go home to the States in the summer, I eat at least a pint of berries every day. Sometimes I have them at every meal.

On the other hand, we grow the most beautiful pineapples and mangoes here and they cost pennies.

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3/16/14 11:41 A

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Don't get me wrong, I love fall/winter produce. Acorn squash is one of my absolute favorite foods. It's just that after 6 months it's getting old and I'm craving something local and fresh. It's pretty cool that your CSA runs year round- here it's pretty much May- October, same as the farmers market.

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3/16/14 11:08 A

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I have to disagree. I can live on brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale and fruit like tangerines and strawberries. I love beets and chard, and leeks and pears. These are the items I get from my CSA & food co-op during the winter months (along with banana peppers and anaheim chilies from California). I don't feel deprived, because I know when spring comes, I won't get these, so I enjoy them while I have them.

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3/16/14 10:13 A

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There won't be locally-grown produce available where I live until at least June, because we have a very short growing season, but I do try to buy seasonal produce in the grocery store. The strawberries and asparagus have been great. (I just don't understand why strawberry farmers feel the need to grow strawberries the size of baseballs - unfortunately they're not anywhere near as sweet and ripe as home-grown.)

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3/16/14 9:46 A

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Is anyone else sick to death of winter produce? I eat seasonally as much as possible and I've had my fill of apples and root vegetables. Just the thought of eating another squash and I'm ready to riot. I've been counting down to opening day at the farmers market (over a month, sigh) and pining for spring peas and sweet cherries. I'm even desperate enough to buy peaches and tomatoes from the grocery, but they're sad imitations of their in-season counterparts. Who else is feeling the winter blues- on their plate?



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