It poured most of the day, so no May Pole or Morris Dancers this year, although we often celebrate the day even in the rain if its a gentle one!
Sometimes we get lucky and May Day is a beautiful sunny day –– not always!
May still happens. The rain this week is coaxing little leaf sprouts on the trees and shrubs, and our spring bulbs are making a lovely display.
Farm stands now open!
Our celebration today was the seasonal opening of the farm stands, with lots of special protections in place, but even so it was great to see people from a distance, and find little treasures.
My new treasurers were fiddleheads and asparagus. I had been craving the fiddleheads! I prepped them and will make them tomorrow while I dream up a dish, although my favorite way to eat them is lightly sautéed with a little salt and pepper and garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice. They can be used in any dish where you would use asparagus, from soup to sautéed, tarts to frittatas!
A foragers delight
If you are not familiar with these funny little things, they are the tightly coiled sprout of the ostrich fern, and resemble asparagus in taste and texture. A native Northern treasure, I have foraged for these since I was a child. My Uncle Leonard taught me to find and harvest them along with many other wild treasurers. At this time of year, we might also find wild morel mushrooms as well, one of my favorites still, and they taste delicious with the fiddleheads. The morels are often hard to spot, looking like a piece of bark or stick, frustrating if you are a child.
Foraging for Morels with Uncle Leonard
Look over there, under that apple tree.
Where? I only see leaves and bark.
That’s because you are looking too hard.
You do have to cook them correctly, or fiddleheads will taste like rancid dirt, which is why many people think they don’t like them. Here is my previous post one how to prepare them: Preparing Fiddlehead Ferns.
And one of my favorite recipes for May Day, Rainbow Ribbon Salad with fiddleheads!
And just because I miss the merriment of it all, here is a clip from previous year’s May Day celebrations, all in the rain!
The rains didn’t stop this dance!
May Pole Dance May 1, 2016. Getting organized in the rain!
When we dance in the rain, we might have fewer folks to weave the ribbons, but it is still great fun for young and old!
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