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First Taste of Spring

In Knife & Fork on March 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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The sweet, tender stalks of asparagus placed temptingly just inside the front door of area grocery stores are the first dependable sign of spring. Bundled in bunches, wrapped in string or rubber bands and displayed upright, like a box of tulips or daffodils in the flower market, they herald a return to sunshine and blue skies. Whether the vegetable is served as a side dish at Easter dinner, grilled with steaks for the first meal on the patio, or chopped and blended into eggs for a Saturday morning omelet, the taste is unique. In the coming weeks look for fresh asparagus at your area winter farmers’ market:

Community Building Winter Farmers’ Market: Organic artisan breads, pastries, fruits, vegetables, and free-range eggs and beef, plus local arts and craafts and live music. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays. Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main Ave.; 509.232.1950

Community Roots Winter Market: This monthly winter market is the second Sunday of each mont, and will transition to a weekly Sunday market in late spring. Brouth to you by PEACH/People for Environmental Action & Community Health, a non-profit dedicated to creating a “Buy Local” economy by connecting local foods and goods with local people. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19. Fresh Abundance, 2015 N. Division; 509.533.2724.

Local Market CdA: Kosher beef, lamb, chicken, wild caught salmon, fruits and vegetables, homemade bread and pasta, tofu, salsa, coffee, tea, honey and eggs, plus arts & crafts. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through April. Inside the Plaza Shops at 210 Sherman ave., Coeur d’Alene; 208.659.4213.

Millwood Farmers’ Market: Locally raised chicken, beef, winter vegetables, artisan breads and pastries, and local craafts. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Crossing Youth Center, just east of the Millwood Presbyterian Church parking lot, 8919 E. Euclid Ave.; 509.924.2350.

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