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Celebrate Spring at Farmer's Pick Buffet
Spring has finally sprung, which means that there are fresh new offerings at farmers’ markets across the country. At Farmer’s Pick Buffet®, the same holds true. The chefs at Farmer’s Pick Buffet are constantly working with local farmers and food producers to bring dining guests the best seasonal offerings available. Some of our local famers include Delta Grind Grits, C2 Farms, and C&B Farms. They couldn’t be more excited to share this spring’s bounty with you! Learn more about our farmers here.
Here’s a look at the fruits, vegetables and seafood that are in season in Mississippi and that you can expect to see at Farmer’s Pick.
Crisp, bright green asparagus is a true star this spring. At brunch, asparagus is delicious when topped with delicately poached eggs and a rich and creamy Hollandaise sauce. Asparagus is a key part of Nicoise Salad, a composed salad that includes tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, anchovies and Nicoise olives. Of course, asparagus is always a welcome addition to creamy pasta and risotto dishes as well.
Basil is also in season in spring. Plentiful bunches of basil practically beg to be turned into a thick pesto sauce which can be mixed with pasta, spread on sandwiches, or tossed with roasted new potatoes, another featured spring vegetable.
Broccoli and cauliflower are delicious this time of year, and they are even better when paired together. Try stirring in olive oil, salt and pepper, then roasting them in a hot oven. You’ll discover a new profile of flavors to these classic standards.
Amazing salads can be made with some of spring’s best ingredients, including crisp lettuce, crunchy cabbage, refreshing cucumber, peppery radishes and tender pea greens. Pair your fresh garden salad with a pizza topped with mushrooms, leeks and fried eggplant, all of which are in season this spring.
Two of spring’s best fruits are strawberries and rhubarb. The sweetness of the strawberries and the tartness of the rhubarb balance each other out nicely, making them perfect partners. Try a strawberry-rhubarb pie with a buttery, flaky crust. Or enjoy a strawberry-rhubarb jam spread on your morning toast.
Fresh blueberries are another fruit to look forward to this spring. These plump berries are delicious in home-style pies, crumbles and buckles. Or try a rich and thick blueberry sauce on top of your pancakes or waffles.
One of the most eagerly-anticipated foods come spring are crawfish, and they are in season now in Mississippi. These freshwater crustaceans are an excellent source of high-quality protein that are low in fat and calories. They are so popular among the locals that crawfish festivals can be found up and down the coast.
Crawfish are the star of the show at a Low-country Boil, a classic southern tradition where large gatherings of friends and family come together to enjoy great food and cold beer. Crawfish are mixed with corn on the cob and potatoes and cooked in a huge pot of seasoned water. Traditionally, the meal is served family-style, being dumped directly onto a newspaper-covered table once it’s drained. Throw a few rolls of paper towels on the table and you’re in business! Another popular way to enjoy crawfish is in a rich and hearty gumbo that is sure to warm the heart.
Follow this guide to fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, and make them the star of your next meal. Or sit back and let the talented chefs at Farmer’s Pick Buffet do the work for you. Their wide variety of offerings showcases the very best that the season has to offer.