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.
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?!
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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