Carrboro, North Carolina
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South Royalton, Vermont
I am a baby boomer who grew up in a time when the trend in food was convenience and speed. It wasn't the fast-food era, but a post-World War II time when ... More about Warren
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Wallace, West Virginia
My name is Autumn. I'm 24 years old, and I live in rural north-central West Virginia. I was born and raised in West Virginia, and in 2005 I graduated from ... More about Autumn
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Posted at 3:05 PM on April 23, 2008 by Warren Johnston (1 Comments)
Last week, we took the week off for a little vacation and work around the house. It was a great week to be in Vermont. Spring arrived, or perhaps even summer. It's hard to tell the difference up here.
The days were in the 70s under bright sun, and the nights in the 30s and 40s with clear skies. The week before the ground had been covered with a foot of lingering snow, the last vestiges of what seemed to be a very long winter.
The snow now has retreated to the shadows and deep woods. Even the chocolate pudding mud that sucked my truck up to its axels is beginning to dry.
Another sign of spring was a rumor that spread around our neighborhood of the season's first locally raised mesclun at the nearby store. However, when I got there an hour later, the mesclun was gone, and only California produce remained.
But the farmers are hard at, and soon young spring greens and peas will be coming out of the hoop houses and onto the market.
This is a great time of the year to be in New England.
Warren -- dandelions are up, and nettles are coming in fast. Also getting time for fiddleheads!