Garden to Table: Spring Treats


I’m sheltering in place this spring, more from the weather than the pandemic this Mother’s Day.  The polar vortex came swirling southward this week bringing us freezing temperatures and worries over which vegetables and flowers will survive.

 It hasn’t been this cold in May in the mid-Atlantic in a long time.  We hit 33 degrees last night and are headed for more cold in the next few days.  That’s in a month when we typically see nights from 40-50 degrees and daytime temperatures in the 60-80 range.  Which is what was happening in late March and April – highly unusual for those months.  I was lulled into complacency and I planted my tomato seedlings two weeks ago.  This week will be fraught with anxieties as I cover each plant with pots and blankets, try to time the removal each morning after it is warm enough but not cooking the plants yet.  27 out of 29 tomato plants survived the first frigid night, and then two more of them succumbed to wind damage as 30 mph gusts ripped through the farm.  It’s turning out to be a very interesting year!

As I sit here snuggled up in my fleece and slippers, it’s difficult to remember that it is truly spring.  Yet our table shows the reality as overwintered Swiss chard, kale, and cabbage make their way into meals.  I’ve harvested most of my early radishes already, and new asparagus spears knife their way out of the ground daily.  Green garlic adds umph to many dishes, while the last of the tulip salads ended a week ago.  Dandelion fritters and wild sorrel soup fill my foraging thoughts this time of year.  Visit BouquetBanquet to find some ideas on using spring flowers in your meals.  While I wait for the snap peas flowers to turn into pods, and the spring cabbages to head up, I’m starting to think of more recipes to bring the garden goodness to our table. 

 Blog11  another spring salad

Here are a few dishes for you to try as you wait for your summer garden to swing into production.  Spring can be such a neglected time of year in the garden as people wait for consistent warmth to start planting.  Step away from the crowd and start your garden early each year so you can try these delightful recipes.

Wood Sorrel Soup Recipe


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