Drawing: Capital District Community Gardens' Spring Brunch

cdcg spring brunch 2012

At last year's spring brunch.

Drawing's closed! Winner emailed!

The Capital District Community Gardens' 26th annual spring brunch is coming up May 5 at HVCC -- a hundred chefs and bakers will be preparing a buffet-style brunch to benefit CDCG's many community projects. We have a pair of tickets and we're giving them away.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

This time of year is hard for local produce -- winter crops are tapped out, and spring crops are just starting to show up. So... What local produce item -- fruit, vegetable, whatever -- are you most looking forward to having back in season?

We'll draw one winner at random.

CDCG's brunch is from 10 am-2 pm on May 5 at HVCC's Siek Campus Center. Tickets are $25 ahead / $30 at the door. There will be live music, a silent auction for Mother's Day gift, and activities for kids. Proceeds benefit CDCG's programs, including the community gardens, the Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, and Squash Hunger.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Regular commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, April 25.


I can't wait for rhubarb! As a kid I used to eat it right out of the garden - I'd carry a huge stalk around with me all day and gnaw on it. Now I love to boil it down like my mom used to, as a sauce for vanilla icecream...or enjoy a cold mixed drink with lemonade and rhubarb infused vodka that the boyfriend makes after a trip home to mom's garden to harvest a huge batch.

Corn. No, tomatoes. No, strawberries, yeah, that's it. But I really want the corn!

Heck, I don't care what it is, I want it all, and I plan to buy it at the farmer's market in Troy!

Green Zebra tomatoes from the Troy Farmers Market


zucchini and cucumbers....i love garden fresh cucumber salad

I look forward to my celery and lettuce! Well all my veg? but this year we are moving our plants from our indoor aquaponic set up to a brand new green house! And we are going to try to introduce another variety of fish.

Local heirloom tomatoes for caprese salads and decadent sauce.

I cannot wait for a fresh tomato from the garden!!



Strawberries and raspberries!!

I'm so looking forward to it all, but I think the berries are probably the biggest craving right now. Whether the Troy farmer's market, or pick your own, I'm so there!

I can't wait for sweet corn on the cob!

juicy pick your own strawberries and raspberries at indian ladder farm!!

Asparagus from Cade's Farm in Guilderland!

Summer corn for grilling is the best.



it's time to dig up some jerusalem artichokes

sweet corn

Heirloom tomatoes!

Tomatoes! All shapes, colors, and sizes - warm and fresh off the oh-so-wonderful-smelling vines!

It isn't even the season, but apples. Always always the fresh fall apples!

Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!!!

Corn, apples and grapes. Also strawberries. Strawberries in Chobani's greek yogurt with chocolate chunk? Excellent and relatively healthy dessert.

Sorrel! If I had a clue where to find some. This thing is crazy delicious.

tomatoes that actually have flavor!!!

While I love to eat as much local produce as I can, leaf lettuce and sugar snap peas from my backyard are what I most look forward to - they start the season and I know there will be a bounty of produce once they get started.


Heirloom tomatoes so i work my magic in the kitchen.
From salads to sauce my well rounded red friend!

I'm looking forward to fresh sweet corn and ripe tomatoes!

strawberries and raspberries!

Oh, Peach, I miss you so!

I would love to go raspberry picking, say at Thompson-Finch in Ancram!



Strawberres, blueberries, raspberries, hell, all the -berries! Mmm, healthy shakes!

I'm looking forward to fresh herbs that bring a wonderful fragrance, taste and texture to whatever I'm preparing - fresh as in basil, all varieties, and thyme, rosemary, sage- sounds like those words could be the lyrics to a song- oh I'll toss in the parsley now!!

Corn on the Cob

i cannot wait for local corn!!!!

local strawberries and blueberries! can't wait to pick some!

cherry tomatoes! I probably eat about 75 pounds! each summer... and never, ever buy them from a store...gotta support the local farms while they're in season!

I'm looking forward to fresh herbs that bring a wonderful fragrance, taste and texture to whatever I'm preparing - fresh as in basil, all varieties, and thyme, rosemary, sage- sounds like those words could be the lyrics to a song- oh I'll toss in the parsley now!!

Asparagus, strawberries and peaches - but not together.



fresh greens and herbs. Never enough basil and parsley!

Thanks for promoting Capital District Community Gardens. The organization is a huge asset to the region. I'll be at the brunch making fruit platters. The only thing that's more fun than attending is volunteering for the event.

My son's company, Gatherer's Gourmet Granola, is a supporter of the organization, too, and is contributing yoghurt-granola parfaits for diners' (healthy) enjoyment.

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