Happy Memorial Day! First Farmbasket

Accidental Locavore First Farmbasket

by Anne Maxfield on May 31, 2010

You know I stumbled into the locavore arena last summer with my surprise farmbaskets. That’s why I consider myself an accidental locavore. Also, living in New York, there are way too many things; tea, salt (sorry Nanny Bloomberg) and olive oil, to name a few, that are not, and will never be made within a 90 mile radius. Could you live without them?

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer in so many ways. This year for me, it’s the start of another great season of surprise farmbaskets. Friday I picked up my first box of the season. In it were lovely radishes, a bunch of baby arugula, two bunches of asparagus, and a big bag of mesclun.

So far, we’ve grilled some of the asparagus, just toss them with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and put them on the grill. If they’re the fatter ones, you can steam them for a couple of minutes, then grill them if you’re worried about them being cooked through.

This morning, I tossed a few in the microwave, to partially cook them, and then gave them to my husband to put in omelets with goat cheese and chives from my garden. It was a great combination.

 Tomorrow, I’ll wrap them in some prosciutto that we picked up the other day, and  grill them with some lamb that I’ve got marinating in a mix of balsamic vinegar, garlic, rosemary, oregano, mustard, and olive oil for dinner. All the herbs are from my garden.

 I’m curious about a recipe for an asparagus pizza, I read on Smitten Kitten today. She shaves the asparagus, which is my mother’s new favorite way to toss them in salads. I’m going to give it a shot, and will report back. What’s your favorite way with asparagus? 

 Don’t you love summer?

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