It’s finally, officially spring! As is almost always the case, though, it doesn’t really feel like spring here in upstate New York for a few more weeks. We still have some snow on the ground, most days I still wear a winter coat, and there aren’t any leaves to be seen.
Hot cross buns. I’m not at all religious, but one Lenten tradition I happily participate in every year is the consumption of hot cross buns. A local bakery makes absolutely divine (pun intended) hot cross buns, and I practically eat my weight in them most years. I’ve been missing out the first couple of weeks of Lent this year because of my no added sugar month, but I’ll be in line at the bakery on the morning of April 1st!
Starting seeds. For the past few years, I’ve been growing all of my veggies, herbs, and flowers from seed. It’s economical, and there’s a lot more choice than if I buy already-started plants from a nursery. I buy nearly all of my seeds from Botanical Interests, where they’re all non-GMO, and many heirloom and organic varieties are available. I recently placed my order for this year, and some of my favorites are Peppermint Stick zinnias, Chocolate Cherry tomatoes, and Freckles Romaine lettuce.
Shoes and cotton clothing. I’ve been wearing wool and fleece since November, and I haven’t stepped outside without my boots and Smartwool socks, during the same time period. I love cozy clothes, but enough is enough, already. Stores have been displaying capri pants, ballet flats, and sundresses for months, and every time I pass them, it feels like they’re mocking me. I’m so ready to do the annual winter-spring clothing swap!
Something other than root veggies at the farmers’ market. We’re lucky to have several fanastic, year-round farmers’ markets in our area, but I confess that I don’t visit them very often during the winter. Yes, they carry an abundance of fresh, local produce, but I can only eat so many apples, carrots, and turnips. Soon aspargus, peas, and radishes will be showing their colorful, er, faces at the farmers’ markets, and I can’t wait!
Noisy nature. My seasonal affective disorder starts to kick in when the last cricket stops chirping in the fall. Winter’s silence is such a depressing contrast to the pervasive sounds of spring and summer. I love the singing birds, the chattering chipmunks, and of course those chirping crickets, but my absolute favorite sound of nature is the call of the spring peepers. (Not familiar with it? Here’s a sample.) When their chorus starts up again, I know we’ve turned the corner.
What are some of your early spring favorites?
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