Drawing: Tickets to the CDCG Spring Brunch

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The Veggie Mobile, one of the many projects from Capital District Community Gardens

Drawing's closed!

This gorgeous day is a reminder that it's almost time for local fruits and veggies -- and the Capital District Community Gardens annual spring brunch.

The CDCG brunch is this Sunday, May 4 at Hudson Valley Community College, and it's a pretty popular event. More than 100 local food purveyors will be represented, and there will be music, kids activities, and a silent auction.

AOA has a pair of tickets to give away -- and they could be yours.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What local fruit or veggie are you looking forward to this season?

It could be something specific -- a certain variety of fruit or vegetable, or a veggie from a certain farm (or your backyard). Or it could just be something like summer tomatoes. (Because those are way better than the winter tomatoes.) If you've got a good recipe for preparing it, even better.

We'll draw one winner at random.

The CDCG does so much good work in the Capital Region: the community gardens program at sites all around the area; the Veggie Mobile; their Produce Project; putting healthy food in local convenience stores, and much more. The brunch is one of the ways people can help support that work. Tickets are $25 and they're still available.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal 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 10 am on Wednesday, April 30 and must respond by 10 am on Thursday, May 1.


I am looking forward to some juicy, local strawberries!

Sweet Corn!



Pick your own....strawberries, peaches, or apples. I'm not picky!

Tomatoes. What says summer more than perfectly ripe garden tomatoes?

I am so excited to have tomatoes that aren't horrible! I was just thinking about this avocado, tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad that I haven't been able to make in forever because it's not worth it if everything tastes lousy.

Heirloom tomatoes!

Ramps & Corn!

I'm looking forward to summer corn, real tomatoes and fresh peppers in our backyard garden!

I am really looking froward to local strawberries.

Raspberries and blackberries. Wild preferred :)

can't wait for heirloom tomatoes!

I'm most looking forward to sweet cherries. They're lots of fun to pick and, despite not having a cherry pitter, I love making pastries with fresh cherries (it's worth the red-stained fingertips from hours of cutting out the seeds with a knife).

pea shoots, my favorite springtime treat.

Tomatoes! Nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato!!

KK @ Preppy Pink Crocodile

I am ready for the next crop of apples to appear.


I am so looking forward to berry bushes blooming so I can forage blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries while I hike!! Sometimes life is real good and I can find some little wild strawberries :).

Black raspberries!

My left arm for a sun kissed tomato.

Heirloom tomatoes

Green beans with lemon basil, then eggplant and tomatoes, then the squash - summer and winter..

Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes!!

Pick your own apples from Bowman's!

Then canning up a bag of the utilities ones!

Ramps, Apples and strawberries.

Fresh watermelon. On a warm sunny day, it's refreshing, juicy, & yummy.


I can't wait for my Green Zebra and Black Krim heirloom tomatoes that I started from seed!


Sugar Snap Peas! Just plain and simple.

Fresh green fava beans

local strawberries-yum!

All the lovely home grown veggies from my garden. :-)

Corn, corn and MORE CORN. I have it everyday when it's in season!!


Local melons from the Troy Farmer's Market and apricots sold at the Honest Weight Food coop!


PYO strawberries from an unnamed field on route 9 in Valatie NY. Those are the best strawberries ever.

Raspberries. Great to go in spring fruit salads.

Local corn is great!

Biting into a big, juicy WATERMELON!!!

Home-grown tomatoes, right off the vine!

Hope not to miss berry-picking season this year; I know there are many local places to pick berries and haven't gone berry pickin' with my kid yet...

Farmers market sweet corn!

The sun ripened tomatoes are the best…the smell, the taste! And sweet cherries, I eat them by pounds when in season...

Heirloom tomatoes. Nothing beats fresh grown tomatoes in the summer!


Definitely can't wait for heirloom tomatoes and fresh picked basil from farmers markets!!

Corn on the cob from samascotts

Whatever decides it wants to have an epic season in the garden this year...hoping for some blazing hot peppers and big fat eggplants!

I love to pick my own berries at Fix Brothers Fruit Farm in Hudson.

Local tomatoes.

Definitely strawberries!

Zestar apples from Samascott's. They are my new favorite variety and I can't wait til they show up for their short season on the ESPlaza farmer's market.

Asparagus, also finally making the long term commitment to planting a bed of asparagus crowns for the future.

strawberries and apples!!

Cherry tomatoes, warm from the sun, and picked off the vine!

I am actually looking forward to beets! Last year was the first time that I tried beets in decades and learned they are really good if they are grilled or roasted with a little vinegar. :) Now, I want them!


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