Winter and spring, root vegetables and the wait for spring veggies
With the latest spring weather, the first greens and vegetables of the season are just around the corner. Already chives are popping up all across the Hudson Valley and the Capital region. In the next few weeks the tender shoots of wild edibles like stinging nettles and ramps will be tall enough for foraging.
As winter officially comes to an end and spring is starting, the availability of local vegetables is scarce. Only a limited variety of hothouse greens and the heartiest of winter roots can still be found.
While we eagerly wait for the arrival of spring vegetables, there are handful of farms that still have winter root vegetables and a few that are ahead of the curve on early season greens. In Columbia County The Farm at Miller’s Crossing and Little Seed Gardens are both growing spinach and arugula. Both are available at the Chatham Co-op and the Berry Farm who offers their own spinach, arugula and braising greens grown in solar heated greenhouses. Also available at the Berry Farm are quality winter root vegetables from the Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Schoharie Valley Farms, and Migliorelli Farm – who also sells at the Schenectady Farmers Market on Sundays. Inspired by the last winter roots of the season, here is a cabbage and carrot salad recipe.
Shredded roots, Middle Eastern spices and tangy local yogurt make for a spicy and delicious side dish or non-traditional salad course