Saturday Links + Spring Produce

April 11, 2015

Saturday Links + Spring Produce | Faring Well

Living in Phoenix, Arizona, I was use to the rotating six months of perfect weather with the six months of scorching heat – with a monsoon season thrown in the mix (my favorite time of year). The produce was typically “meh” with the exception of some occasional sweet local finds in the spring (you-pick peach orchards at the farm in Agritopia, I’m smiling at you). Then we moved to the coast in southern California and quite literally struck gold. California is a produce mecca. They can grow basically year round and gosh darnit if they don’t produce the most luscious fruits and vegetables I’ve ever had in my life. I had kale and cucumbers coming out of my ears, all the perfect melons I could carry (which is realistically maybe like two), strawberries the size of s small child’s fist, and not to mention perfect gardening conditions to grown-your-own (R.I.P. parsley). I was in flipping vegan heaven. So, I went from a climate of maybe two seasons, to one with a year round perfect season, to a place now with four seasons in Denver, Colorado. I’m not use to being deprived. Some might call that “spoiled” but I call it “what you’re accustomed to.” Therefore, this past winter was a doozy for me and I can now appreciate spring with all the intense-produce-loving-vigor I can muster. Spring goodies are slowly trickling into our neighborhood market from California and Texas – and I could not be more thankful for those two big, beautiful states. Which leads me now to my question for you this week!

Q: What produce are you most looking forward to this spring? And what is your favorite way to use it?

This can be any fruit, vegetable, or herb – and your favorite way to use it can be anything from eating it straight, to baking it in your favorite pie, or adding it to a homemade soap/scrub/natural remedy of sorts!

A: (Leave yours in the comments feed below!)

Mine? BERRIES. Give me all of the berries. (I fear you may have mistaken what I said for meaning “give me a lot of berries” but what I said was “give me ALL of the berries” – Ron Swanson, anyone?) I am a berry-head. I eat bowls of them straight, I stuff scones with them, top pancakes and waffles with them, and hopefully soon will be covering them with crunchy goodness and baking them into crisps. I even like buying them freeze-dried and mounding them on top of my homemade superfood muesli. I have so many fond memories of picking wild blackberries when we lived in Washington state (oh yeah, I lived in Washington too, getting dizzy yet from all the places I’ve lived?), and growing our very own strawberries in our backyard garden in California. Their vibrant colors and tiny, intricate designs lure me in and make me feel as if I’m holding nature’s jewels. That’s what berries are, nature’s jewels.


 
SATURDAY LINKS

I’m getting that itch to make homemade english muffins again. And now this flatbread. #breadcravings

Hitting the pool or the lake this summer and want to take those summer vibes up a notch by jamming to the Ataris? This site has gathered some seriously rad portable speakers together.

I just discovered this site and am in love. Being an introvert myself, I found this article hilarious and so true!

Seriously guys… I just want some Birks.

This shirt is magic. Who wants to get me one?!

Current cravings include this iced cashew mocha and this strawberry frozen yogurt that I want to stick my face in.

I’m a sucker for awesome food-related infographics, and this one on food shelf life is awesome.

I just bought my seeds for broccoli sprouts! Who’s ready to start sprouting with me?!

I want to play with cement and make these planters.

I’ve secretly always wanted to do this.

How have I never made these. Happening real soon. So simple and looks too good.

As always, something incredible and beautiful to leave you with this morning.

– Happy weekend!


 
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20 Comments

  • Reply Anna April 11, 2015 at 6:31 am

    the planters are so cute!! I’m loving the geometrical ones as well :)

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    • Reply Faring Well April 11, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Right?! Love them so so much. Glad you did too!

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood April 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Definitely the berries. All the berries! I cannot wait when that day makes it to farmer’s markets in canada! xo

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      YEAH berries! Hope they make it to you there soon too! <3

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures April 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I’m having a really hard time picking just one thing I’m excited for. After the long, cold winter I’m pretty giddy for all spring produce! I was recently in Northern California (ugh! so beautiful!!!) and coming home to the cold and gray after all the greenery and incredible, mouth-watering fruits and veggies was really hard!!
    But berries. Oh my goodness, they grow wild all around where I live and I swear there is nothing better than stuffing my face with handfuls of sun-warmed berries!!

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Totally get that – and California has the best produce! Ah! But how lucky you are to have wild blueberries there, how wonderful! Sun-warmed fresh berries are the best!

  • Reply Natasha | Ok, Last Bite. April 11, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hrmmmm, let’s see. I think I’m most excited for peas and pea shoots and ramps and grassy things. I was kind of snobby about them last year (likely because I was too intimidated to try them), and wanna fix that this year!

    Also sprouting broccoli? I’m very intrigued. You should post photos of that process, sound so interesting! Happy weekend :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Ooo way to go for all the green grassy things – they need our love too! And way to challenge yourself to eat more of them – I will totally post pics of my broccoli sprouts once they grow! Happy weekend to you too Natasha! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens April 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Picking one is just too hard! Give me all the fruits and veggies- this is my favourite thing about the changing of seasons- for every season ;) After winter I am super excited for all the refreshing colourful produce that spring and summer have to offer! Dreaming of Ontario strawberries already… And yay for sprouting! I feel so empowered when I make my own nut milk, nut butter, grow my own sprouts and herbs, and hopefully this summer will see the beginning of a vegetable garden for me. Happy weekend, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      I know right, I love seasons, they get you so excited for new fruits and veggies – especially spring and summer! And oh goodness, don’t even get me started on strawberries. I can hardly make it out of the farmers markets in the summer without my mouth stuffed full of handfuls. I’m lucky if they make it home! Happy weekend to you too Genevieve! Hope its been just the best <3

  • Reply Ingrid April 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I get that Arizona-feeling. When lived in Flagstaff, I also felt sometimes that there was a lack of fresh produce, at least in comparison to here in my country. Though I still love that place. We are thinking about visiting next year again, making a road trip from New Orleans to Los Angeles. A dream of ours.

    And to answer your question I also choose berries. Especially strawberries. Love to eat them in a salad, on my toast, or on Green Kitchen Stories’ ‘fat almond pancake’ haha. Enjoy your week! xo

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Oh that is so exciting! Maybe we will be in each other’s paths when you do and we can meet :) that would be a great drive! Ps. Yes for all the BERRIES!

  • Reply Jodi April 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Radishes! No, asparagus! No, mint! Peas, new potatoes, dill, chives, RHUBARB! Jessie please don’t make me pick just one! Loving these Saturday links and – oh that t-shirt! Happy Sunday pretty lady xo

    • Reply Faring Well April 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hahaha – them ALL! Ooo rhubarb – I’ll pick that one for you! But really, they are all so good. And right – we both NEED that t-shirt! Big, huge, happy Sunday right back at you my favorite Jodi! <3

  • Reply Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie April 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I completely agree with you about the berries! I’m in Florida and we have a blueberry festival happening in a couple of weekends that I’m so ready for. Blueberries are probably my favorite berry. I just sit there and eat more than my fair share of cartons worth. And then I have a tummy ache. Because fiber, amirite? Anyway, Florida’s growing season seems to be pretty jacked up from the rest of the US, but at least I’m used to it since I’m lived here my whole life. What i wouldn’t give for some time in California. :)

    • Reply Faring Well April 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

      A blueberry festival?! That sounds amazing! Stuff a handful for me ;)

  • Reply Kathryn April 13, 2015 at 1:55 am

    I was thinking berries too but I think I’m maybe actually looking forward to proper tomatoes the most. The ones that you can eat like a piece of fruit and not the sad, flabby specimens that we get the rest of the year.

    • Reply Faring Well April 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      So true, there is no tomato like the summer tomato – really excited for those as well! Hope your garden is still doing amazing <3 love all your pics!

  • Reply Carolyn April 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I am most excited for radishes, asparagus, english peas and strawberries! And the best part is picking them from the back yard!
    And that introvert article is AwESOMe!!!!! So true haha!

    • Reply Faring Well April 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Haha right?! I loved that article so much! And those all sounds so wonderful – especially the picking from the backyard part – thanks for sharing Carolyn! <3

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