Spring has finally sprung! After a long and very dreary winter, it seems that spring not only sprang, but jumped all the way into summer. We've had several days of warm, sunny temperatures, and people have been soaking up the sun like there's no tomorrow (because, meteorogically speaking, in Galicia, there may not be).
Spring is definitely my favorite vegetable season. We've had a bumper crop of spinach and have been eating it at all meals, all week. Popeye would be proud. I've also managed to find fresh radishes at the market, which is something that rarely happens. Ecologically grown, these radishes were the sweetest and spiciest I'd ever tasted. If you don't like radishes, try growing them yourself. They've got nothing to do with the tasteless blobs you get at the supermarket. The fava beans and peas are quickly ripening on their vines, and strawberry season is melting deliciously into cherry season. Oh, and don't forget the new potatoes! Tiny, delicious, with transparent skins, nothing is better than some fresh Galician pork roasted with new potatoes and garden peas. With berries for dessert!
Spring also means the beginning of the festival season. Though Galicians celebrate holidays year-round, summer is really the best time to find food festivals, outdoor concerts, and fairs of all kinds. For the third year running, we participated in the Feira da Primavera in San Pedro, though it was so busy this year that I didn't manage to take any photos at all. All of our friends came by to visit and we sold out of apple pie, cheesecake, carrot cake, lemon bars, and almost everything else. You can see our bright green tent in the picture, buried in the throng of people on the street. The festival is always a lot of fun, but it's best when it's warm and sunny, and people are enjoying free outdoor concerts, cold beers, and food handmade by a variety of vendors (that's us!).
|Photo courtesy of El Correo Gallego|
We've got several more fairs lined up and have already been making plans for another summer of local tourism and festival-hopping on the weekends. And I've also been making big plans for the rest of the spinach, and the favas, and the peas, and the potatoes, and the lettuce, and the tomatoes...