or at least out here in BC it is! And you know what I think of when spring is just around the corner? Farmer's market's and fresh veggies! We have a little farmer's market here in town, it's pretty small at the beginning of the season, but grows considerably by the end of summer. It's a fantastic place to buy local and organic fruits and veg...and kettle corn (or as we fondly call it, "crack" corn, because it's quite addicting!).
But, this year I have decided although it's nice to go down on a Saturday and mingle with the locals, I am going to grow my own. Properly. This isn't the first year I have attempted my own veg garden (last year I had about 6 tomatoes and 3 red peppers), but this is the first year I am going to do it right. My husbands been preparing the soil since last fall (we have a compost in our yard, which is excellent) and I have been reading; my sister in law gave me a great book for Christmas called, The Gardener's Table.
So, you're probably wondering what I will be growing...well, here's the plan:
- squash (zucchini, acorn & butternut)
- lettuce (I haven't decided on which varieties yet)
That's my wish list anyways! It's still early, so I have a lot of time for planning, but I am getting quite excited...it must be the nice weather! I also love the fact that I will know where my food is coming from. Check out this site: http://usc-canada.org/storyoffood/ and watch the short movie on the Story of Food, if you have the time. I think it's something we all need to think more about. In fact, check your area for a local, organic food delivery company...there are lots of them around, we actually just started ordering our food from, www.spud.ca (thanks for the tip, Deanna!). Believe me when I say, local fresh and organic really does just taste better.
Hopefully, this will get your wheels turning...even if you don't have the space, time or energy to cultivate a garden, you can always plant a few pots!
In Good Health,