May is a month made up of lots of things. Spring arrives, graduations happen and let's not forget Mother's Day this past weekend. More importantly let's not forget a great piece of advice all our Moms handed out, "eat your fruits and veggies".

No one will argue that fruits and veggies everyday are important to a good diet, but let's face it the frozen and canned aren't the best way to go. That being said, living in the northeast you may be thinking, if I want fresh local fruits and vegges in May what am I eating. We all know in the summer and fall there is corn and apples and peaches and more but what can we eat fresh and local in May when we live in New York.

Turns out not a lot of fruit but the amount of veggies might surprise you. There are lot's of yummy things according to however, they may not be your favorites and the fruits will have to wait until June.

In May you can enjoy Arugula, Asparagus, Chard, Fava Beans, Fiddleheads, Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Lettuce, Mint, Morels, Mushrooms both wild and cultivated, Nettles, New Potatoes, Parsley, Parsnips, Pea Greens, Radishes, Ramps, Rhubarb, Scallions, Spinach, Spring Onions, Stinging Nettles and finally Thyme. It is an interesting list to say the least, I believe some jokingly refers to most of these as "lawn clippings" but, hey some of them sound pretty good.

So do as Mom says, eat your veggies. And if you are eating fresh and local I suggest you head to Wallkill View Farm or your local farm market to see if you can grab something from the list.

This recipe calls for bacon, that should help.


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