3.27.2016

Cooking at Home: What's Fresh from the Farm in the Spring?

One of my memories from my childhood is waking up at my Grandma's home, and seeing her in the garden. She was not a farmer to earn a living, but rather I guess it was part of her heritage to grow her own food. I really have no idea.  She died when I was 13. I never asked her, "Why do you grow your own food?" My Dad is gone now, too. I never asked him either why his parents had this garden. It is just what they did.

What's Fresh from the Farm in the Spring in NC?
From Papa Spud's website


She grew corn, turnips, collards, strawberries, butter beans, new potatoes, and  green beans. I really don't know all that she grew, but I certainly know that every day, she would cook fresh vegetables for a lunch buffet. She did it daily.  She kept me while my Mom worked when I was little and I developed a palate for fresh vegetables at a very early age. 

Farm Days
Source:  Who Remembers This? on Facebook 


This photo was circulating on Facebook this week, and it immediately took me back to summers when I would visit my Grandma. I get produce delivered weekly from Papa Spud's and I've grown to love it. It truly has enabled my family (or, at least, me) to eat more vegetables. I have beets that I need to roast  now in the fridge  Many people go to a local farmer's market and that's great, too, but I prefer to organize my produce and meat list online and have it delivered. 

This is what we have to  look forward to this spring according to Papa Spud's interviews with local farmers in their business. 

A guide to Spring Crops in North Carolina


Green Onions: Late March
Asparagus: Early April 
Strawberries: Early/mid-April
Arugula: Late April 
Lettuces: Late April 
Radishes: Late April 
Bok Choy: Early May
Salad Mix: Early May
Blueberries: Mid May
Chard, Rainbow: Mid May
Salad Turnips: Mid May
Snap Peas: Mid May
New Potatoes: Mid May
Broccoli: Late May
Squash, Yellow: Late May
Squash, Zucchini: Late May 

When I started the #OutaboutNC community last  year, one of my biggest supporters has been chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, N.C.  His dream was to open a restaurant that was entirely locally sourced. Every item from the alcohol served to dessert come from North Carolina. His restaurant has been named one of the top 100 foodie restaurants on Open Table. 

I've been in Clark's company several times now but have not made it to Charlotte yet. It's on my list. for a true North Carolina culinary experience.  Photo below from HeirloomRestNC on Instagram

Newell Farms Roasted Strawberries. Come in before they leave the menu until next Strawberry Season!


Farm Fresh, NC local produce at Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, N.C.
Happy Spring!

Disclosure:  If you are local to the Papa Spud's delivery area and would like to use the service, you may use my referral link and get one free delivery and I will get a $20 credit. This is not a special deal only for me. This referral is available to all of Papa Spud's customers. I've been using Papa Spud's Delivery service for almost a year and a half.  This post is editorial and not sponsored. 


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