It’s starting to truly feel like spring in Minnesota, where I live. And spring in mid-west America means that farmer’s markets, CSAs, roadside stands, u-pick berry farms, and community gardens are not so far away. We tend to celebrate the re-engagement with fresh foods around here because in this part of the world, winter is long and the growing season is short. Some of us have greenhouses and high tunnels and grow lights to extend the season, but the days when tomatoes and peppers and lettuce thrive outside with only the sun above and the soil below are days to anticipate and look forward to with joyful expectation.
In “Prairie Grown” we take a walk through the seasons and celebrate eating in a way that is attuned to the cycles of the earth. But before the book graces your table or kitchen counter, take some time to think about where you’ll be getting your food as spring starts to take hold.
Where are you getting your produce this growing season? What takes you into the field to pick berries instead of down a grocery store isle? What helps you wait for market day to restock your crisper drawer? What makes you prioritize weeding your home garden over watching television in the evening? How do you support your local farmers? If you ARE a farmer, how do you take care of yourself as you care for your farm? And most importantly, perhaps, what recipes do you look forward to making when things growing outside start to become abundant?
Share your wisdom, and may we all enjoy the fruits of the season as we support a sustainable way of being on the earth.