Saturday, April 24, 2010

Signs of Spring in Nova Scotia

Buds on trees, crocuses, tulips and daffodils standing at attention and best of all...glorious baby greens and rhubarb at the market...Ted Hutton and his farm always are my harbingers of Spring.

Here's what I scored today... that bunch of gorgeous purple baby mustard greens at the top of the post. They are almost too pretty to eat. Notice I said "almost".
The Hutton farm is famous around here for their unique vegetables and especially Asian ones like bok choy, above,
and these precious baby red bok choy that will taste delicious raw in a salad or quickly sauteed.
Naturally, Spring wouldn't be Spring without some ruby red rhubarb. Now I just have to figure out which way to fix it up. Rhubarb Crumble... a simple yoghurt with honey & rhubarb compote...or do I find the perfect recipe for a pie...no local strawberries though for my favorite - strawberry rhubarb pie. Hopefully the crops with overlap.

What's your favorite harbinger of Spring? I still haven't seen any fiddleheads at the market...my other favorite Spring food.

4 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

It couldn't be Spring without rhubarb Rith. How I miss my gardens at this time of year.

Authentic Seacoast Resorts said...

Fresh lake trout. Chef Shaun has been out catching some fabulous lake trout since the season opened last week.

Ruth Daniels said...

Val, not having had a garden in years...I'm just glad I have the local markets.

ASR - one of the special things about Nova Scotia...all that great, fresh, local deliciousness.

Cara said...

What lovely produce! I love that artichokes are so cheap right now - a sure sign of spring.

Coincidentally my blog post today features the use of rhubarb in a savory dish with seared chicken and wine-braised cabbage. I would definitely recommend it!