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Time for planting will come, soon enough

In response to the snow in the mountains this week, a Facebook friend reminded us that the  Farmer’s Almanac says “expect anything before the last full moon after Mother’s Day” and talks about waiting for “The Three Ice Men.” Northern New Englanders wait to plant our vegetable gardens until Memorial Day. While it seems the advice is well taken, we just can’t wait to get the fruits of our labors on the plate!

A better reflection of our mood is The Boothbay Register’s announcement that Morris Farm (a working farm and educational resource for the community) is holding its annual heirloom tomato and herb sale this weekend. They’re offering 14 varieties of tasty heirloom tomatoes including a rainbow of slicing tomatoes with names like Black Prince, Cherokee Purple, Cosmonaut Volkov, Garden Peach, Pruden’s Purple, Paul Robeson, Glacier, Goldie Yellow, and Rose De Berne.

Chef Tim Fain’s menu for the start of our season here at Spruce Point Inn puts a spotlight on local spring vegetables like asparagus, from sources including Ararat FarmsBackyard Farms, and the Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative. All of whom are anxious to harvest treasures from sun-warmed earth. (The trick is the “sun-warmed” part.)

Chef’s 2016 menu for 88 – as always highlighting the locally fished, farmed and harvested — ranges from tequila rosemary braised chicken to wild Atlantic salmon with smoked tomato beurre blanc.  On Bogie’s menu, Cross Cove mussels join Damariscotta oysters on a menu filled with salads, sides (homemade truffle fries, anyone?) and sandwiches. Enjoy our Certified Angus option to celebrate National Hamburger Month in May!

In fact, now that a new season is underway at Spruce Point, come try any of the new menu selections for lunch or dinner. And bring your friends. Time for planting will come soon enough.