Spring has sprung at the market this week. Kathleen and George Williams, local farmers who grow cut flowers on their farm down the road in Nokesville, will be with us this week — many weeks earlier than predicted. And look at what they are bringing to help you enjoy spring indoors. They are excited, I am excited, and I know you will be to see them at the market.
Kathleen says: “We are coming on Sunday! We will have specialty daffodils, cut and in pots as well as branches of redbud, forsythia, quince, plum and cherry. We are delighted to bring them to market. We have never had the opportunity of such an early market and are looking forward to creating a beautiful spring oasis on Sunday. What fun!”
I realize that this weather has us all thinking about those early spring crops, and we will see them earlier than we normally do — but just hang on. Maybe by mid-April our market will look like early May.
In the meantime enjoy the end of the winter season at the market — soon the apples will be replaced by peaches and the tired old root vegetables (which still taste great!) will be replaced by spring onions, baby greens and lettuces. And the recipes will begin to reflect the spring bounty. I always look forward to reading and testing the new recipes of the season and passing them along to you.
We do want you to know now that we will close on Easter Sunday and give our vendors an opportunity to spend the day with their families — and also give them a break! We have not cancelled a market all winter, which is unusual, so we will all use the weekend for a little R&R of our own choosing and hopefully be back April 15 to soothe your taxes-induced furrowed brow with some of that spring produce — and some new vendors, too.
See you at the market!