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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Are you ready to eat local?

The farmers market in downtown Santa Cruz today was a study in color: bright orange beets, green asparagus, colorful flowers, and purple everything. There was purple everywhere: purple carrots, purple kohlrabi, purple cauliflowers, and even purple 'red' cabbage. I felt a strange urge to put on something purple too.

The season is a little odd because of the incessant rain in the last couple of months. The cold, wet weather is keeping some winter vegetables around long after they should have been gone, and holding up the spring produce and fruits that should have been around by now.

This is going to be a difficult season and a difficult year for our local farmers, which is all the more reason to support them, as my friend Jen put it quite eloquently on Bay Area Bites.

I'm taking a cue from Jen and join her on the Eat Local campaign next month. Won't you join us too?

(More farmers market photos on my Flickr)

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