Another fleeting joy that arrives at the farmers markets around here in May are what I call English peas, although the farmer who grew them at LB’s Farm calls them sweet peas. Whatever it is that you call peas that you need to shell, that’s what I’m talking about. Anyway, the crop comes in here … More Meatless Monday: May Farmers Market Edition #2
If you aren’t already a regular Farmers Market customer, May is the month to start, at least in North Carolina. May is the month that the local farmers’ bounty really start to show up, particularly what I look forward to most every year––the arrival of FRESH LOCAL STRAWBERRIES! Because here’s the thing. I no longer … More Meatless Monday: May Farmers Market Edition #1
Asparagus is my favorite Spring vegetable. I absolutely love roasted asparagus! It’s an amazing plant as well. When you first plant it, you have to wait for 3-5 years to harvest many spears because it takes that long for its root system to get really strong. But it is a perennial plant, and can continue … More Meatless Monday, Early Spring Edition
North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
I know I’m a couple of days late, but still… I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We certainly did. Easter is an unusual holiday for me because I don’t really have any specific food traditions around Easter dinner. Growing up, my family wasn’t religious, so Easter wasn’t a big deal other than the chocolate … More Happy (Belated) Easter!
One of my other favorite Spring holidays is the Spring Opening Day for the Farmers Market! While we are fortunate that a few key vendors at the Cary Downtown Farmers Marke continue to come every Saturday morning year-round, the official season is the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving in November. … More Farmers Market Spring Opening
As I explained in my post on Nowruz, the Persians/Iranians celebrate their New Year (held on March 20, the first day of Spring) for a full dozen days. On the 13th day, they conclude with a holiday called Sizdah Bedar. Also known as Nature’s Day, Sizdah Bedar literally means Thirteen Outdoor. It is supposed to … More Happy Sizdah Bedar!
Nowruz is the name for Persian or Iranian New Year! Since at least the time of the Zorastrians, the country we in the West called Persia, which we now call Iran (much closer to what the people living there called the country) celebrated the start of the new year on the first day of Spring. … More Happy Nowruz!
Spring is the time for rebirth, and as I’ve stated in earlier posts, I’m definitely feeling Spring right now here in North Carolina. It feels not just like the seasonal Spring, but a metaphoric Spring of a healthier and more connected 2021 than the many sheltering-at-home days of 2020. Just in time to assist us … More Oprah and Deepak Can Help You Get Unstuck for Spring
This morning in North Carolina, it is cool, dark, and rainy. Still, I know that Spring is here. This month I have been studying Persian mythology with the students of my literature classes. In the Persian, now Iranian, culture, the New Year, called Nowruz, occurs on March 21. The picture above displays a typical Nowruz … More Did You Hear that Winter’s Over?