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First day of spring! Huzzah, the end of winter is in sight!
Winter will, of course, try to dump its coldest weather on us now as a farewell, and as a reminder during the hot days to come that winter will be back.
For our region, it was a warm winter. We've had winters this warm, and warmer, so that wasn't unusual. What's unusual about it is how dry its been. We've never had water rationing in the winter before that I recall, but we do this year.
But back to spring!
The spring plants are beginning to unfurl. Tomorrow's Spring Feast will consist of dandelion greens, fiddleheads, and wild violet salad with a Roma tomato that ripened just in time (my tomatoes grew all year outside, not cold enough to kill them off and sunny enough to keep them fruiting) and a deviled egg, the teeny baby potatoes and carrots that overwintered, and a slice of veal I bought from the Food Co-op. The beverage is lemonade made from winter lemons to remind us that winter weather is still here. And the dessert? A lemon fool - whipped cream folded with a lemon and eaglebrand custard, garnished with home made graham cracker chickies.
How will you celebrate the first day of spring?