Walt plans to go to the open-air market in Saint-Aignan this morning. He's hoping to come home with two of our favorite local springtime products: asperges (asparagus) and fraises (strawberries). I'm hoping for that outcome as well. Twenty years ago, when we came to live here, we hardly ever found green asparagus, but they are appearing on local markets alongside the white variety of asparagus more and more often these days. It would be hard to say if I prefer one or the other. I like them both.
It it all works out, we'll probably have this as our Sunday dinner. It's bundles of cooked asparagus spears wrapped in slices of ham and baked in a custard made with cream, eggs, and Parmesan cheese. I'm not sure what strawberry dessert we'll have but I'm sure it will be good too. I think the asparagus season is winding down now, but we'll probably be able to get locally grown strawberries until September.