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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?

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  1. Megiac RE: tatamagouche May 16, 2008 01:36 PM

    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.

    1. Veggo RE: tatamagouche May 16, 2008 01:58 PM

      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.

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        Pastajohn RE: tatamagouche May 16, 2008 02:19 PM

        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.

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          Pampatz RE: tatamagouche May 16, 2008 03:47 PM

          The farmer's market at University and 1st Ave. should be opening for the season soon. Too early for sweet corn, peaches or cantaloupes (all fantastic Colorado produce) but I'll bet you will find something there to salivate over.

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            RobynS RE: Pampatz May 17, 2008 04:46 PM

            I'm pretty sure it's already open. I agree with the Western Slope produce.

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            itri RE: tatamagouche May 17, 2008 07:37 AM

            Definitely Western Slope fruit (not just peaches, the cherries are fantastic, too!) and Olathe corn. Can't wait for farmer's market season to really get going!

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              ClaireWalter RE: itri May 17, 2008 10:13 AM

              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.

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                tatamagouche RE: ClaireWalter May 17, 2008 11:47 AM

                Corn, peaches, chiles, check. Thanks all.

            2. withalonge RE: tatamagouche May 17, 2008 06:32 PM

              I'll agree once more the peaches here are to die for... juicy, sweet & lovely... and the corn, melons, pears, apples... all good too. I would just add a warning.. the growing season here is very short. (I'm a California transplant... last summer was my first here in Colorado...so I'm used to starting with strawberries & asparagus in march and ending with tomatoes in October.). So much like the warm weather... get out and enjoy it while it lasts. I felt like I ate my weight in peaches last summer, but the really good ones are only out for about a month. so tuck in while you can... it will be over far too soon.

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