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With Spring playfully sliding into focus, many of us are gearing up for the planting and growing seasons when flowers burst to bloom, birds twitter, spring peepers trill, and harvest planting plans take shape. However, March is the month that baby steps between seasons, slowly shaking off the sleep of a dormant period to bound into the petulant growing season. March floats in the final limbo-like moments before the true harvesting season begins. Those of you who prescribe to seasonal eating and live in the northern regions of the United States are, by now, likely itching for the growing season to deluge your dinner tables with vibrant vittles from the earth. Eating seasonally strikes as a well-planned expedition through the cross fields of local farming, organic practices, climate, and community relations. To ease the ants-in-the-pants feeling for seasonal food fare, there are a few simple steps that you can take now to traverse the local food and farming landscapes in preparation for an abundant seasonal, locavore experience.
The first step in preparation for seasonal feasting is to review an agricultural map that lists produce in season for your region. The National Resource Defense Council provides a quick search by state and season at Sustainable Table. This site not only provides a listing suitable to your region but then enables you to find the specifics about each seasonal food listed. These details include shopping and preparation procedures, nutrient information, quizzical trivia, and a suggested recipe.
Once you have determined what seasonal foods are available and at what time of year they are attainable, your next step is to find where these local foods will be grown and sold. At Local Harvest you will be able to find comprehensive listings of local CSAs, farmer’s markets, organic resources, and more. Local Harvest essentially acts as an online liaison between you and your farmers by proffering compendious information suitable to your locavore, seasonal lifestyle.
If, however, you intend to plant your own harvest, you can check hardiness zones for optimal growing seasons at Backyard Gardener. This particular site offers cross-continental information relevant to all growing regions. With the gardening guidance offered by the hardiness zones, novice and experienced gardeners alike can determine the vegetables that are likely to thrive in their regions.
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The information ascertained from these resources will enable you to reap the bounty of the season by following the map to your self-chosen destination. The month of March will no longer seem sluggish to you now that there is some toiling of your own to be completed before the spirited swirl of the growing season. Once you plot your course, your dining experience in the local, organic, and seasonal worlds will be ready to begin.