Spring is certainly here on the Gulf Coast!
Azaleas, Camellias, Bridal's Wreath, Bradford Pear, and so many more that the colors are just dazzling. Our azaleas on the Gulf Coast are particularly lovely this year. It is as if the entire county has brightened considerably in the past couple of weeks.
Eggs, eggs, eggs...in the doghouse, behind the doghouse, in the woods, and in the chicken pen (where they all should be laying!). Green ones, pink ones, bluish ones, and brown ones. Wish I could give you some!
Local Alabama Produce:
Strawberries, fresh off the local farm -- and at only $8.99/flat (but I first paid another farmers' market $12.99/flat before I found that better price -- ah, well)
Fresh local spinach at $2.49 for a huge bag of it (we use fresh spinach as our lettuce - shh, the kids don't know you're supposed to have anything else)
Almost Local Florida produce:
A whole box of "canning tomatoes" (they call it that when they have a slight blemish on them) for just $4.49 for the entire box (just over 20 lbs.)
A big bag of slightly blemished pickling cucumbers for $0.99
A big bag of slightly ugly yellow squash for $0.99
Almost Local Georgia produce:
Vidalia onion greens -- mmm! $1.49 for a bunch of 4-6 big onions with long greens
Ugh....The apples weren't a great price at $1.29/lb. for Fuji's, but we can't grow everything down here! And I don't know where the $0.99/lb. green grapes came from.
In My Garden:
The onions are about 6" tall; carrots are about 2"; radishes are doing well; the mustard greens are being eaten by my chickens before they can grow; early peas are about 4" tall; can't remember where the beats are, but I think I planted some!
The watermelons are sprouting; I planted cantaloupe, yellow squash, zucchini, and bush beans a few days ago.
From the Burris Farm Market in Loxley, Alabama:
A recipe I am going to try tomorrow.
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups chopped Burris Grown Strawberries (or, your local ones!)
Combine first 5 ingredients and mix. Combine remaining 4 ingredients and add to dry mixture, stirring well. Spoon into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
by Lori Seaborg