Ah … it’s my favorite time of the year. We all have different tastes, different reasons why one season floats our boat and others we might dread. Spring promises new hope, new growth and the promise of flowers and food. As Mother Nature closes the curtain on ice and cold, she opens the window to cleansing rain, blue skies, milder temperatures and fragrances that bring back memories of our childhoods.
Growing up in central Illinois, I enjoyed the greening of the pastures, the flow of the creek and planting of our spring garden. My mom planted by seed a large vegetable garden with tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, carrots, radish, peas, onions, and potatoes. Perennials like rhubarb, horseradish, strawberries and asparagus would appear like magic from the earth.
The surrounding vines produced grapes, canes of raspberries, and we had trees of peach, plum, apple, apricot and cherries. Our neighbor’s trees produced amazing pears. Read More