Fill the void: in Denver, 'tis the season for...?
- tatamagouche May 16, 2008 11:15 AM
As I'm still a fairly new arrival from Boston, I have the occasional culinary pangs of loss for stuff I could get there that I can't get here. Mind you, that goes both ways; by and large, considering everything from markets to prices to room for growth, I think the culinary tradeoff's pretty even.
That said, it's softshell crab season, and right now a bunch of my old friends are feasting on piles of fried crustaceans at Peach Farm in Boston's Chinatown without me.
What seasonal item can I look forward to here in Denver to make me forget all about that? And it has to be a real replacement here, something I could make them equally jealous with if I wanted to.
Hatch chile roasting season is an obvious answer...anything else?
It's not the season for it yet, but how about peach season? I love it when the Western Slope peaches start showing up in the markets.
At my house we also have (bird) hunting season in the late fall/early winter, when we start enjoying wild pheasant and quail.
The Olathe corn season. If I remember your move date correctly, this will be your first Colorado summer? I would often eat a half dozen ears with salt and butter and declare it a good dinner.
Peaches and corn are two great examples to which I will add Rocky Ford Cantaloupes. BTW, there are bound to be some Denver restaurants with soft shell specials.
The farmers' market in Boulder has been operating for about a month. Early crops are organic spinach, lettuce, now radishes and carrots. The early farmers' markets also have tomato plants, herbs, etc. for planting in our own gardens. Conventional wisdom is not to plant anything (annual flowers, tomatoes, etc.) befoer Mothers Day, when the last frost danger is done with.
Colorado piggybacks on other regions' seasons. A couple of Denver seafood restaurants had "crab fests" back in January, not softshells but seasonal nonetheless.