Spring brings warm weather and with it the “bounty” begins in Columbia County, which helps us in making the most of local farms.

The whole “locavore” trend continues to be hot.  Guests are always happier when they know the fruit, vegetables and herbs we are using at The Croff House are all grown locally.  We strongly believe in supporting our local farmers, and some things actually come from our own garden as well.  In the winter we have to make due with melons from Mexico, pineapple from Costa Rica and strawberries from California.  Not that there is anything wrong with these products, but in the Spring and Summer when we can serve locally sourced, freshly picked items it makes a big difference.

Locally sourced fruit is fresh and delicious and makes the perfect ingredient in our homemade jams.

Locally sourced fruit is fresh and delicious and makes the perfect ingredient in our homemade jams.

Making the most of our local farms isn’t limited to what’s on our guests’ plates, however.  We also use locally sourced fruits and veggie in the items we sell in our “curio”: jams, chutneys, salsas and more.  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to make use of the amazing array of fresh produce available to us this time of year.  One of our newest creations utilizes juicy and delicious local strawberries: Strawberry, Pineapple and Mango salsa.  Imagine that served with grilled chicken or fish!  What about with just a big bowl of crunchy tortilla chips?  YUM!

Locally grown sugar snap peas used to make a delicious soup to serve hot or cold.

Locally grown sugar snap peas used to make a delicious soup to serve hot or cold.

Another one of our favorites is Sugar Snap peas.  We found this recipe for Sugar Snap Pea soup at Allrecipes.com.  Using our pressure canner we “put up” a quintuple batch to enjoy throughout the year.  Hot topped with a handful of crispy homemade croutons or cold with a dollop of sour cream and you’ve got a winner regardless of the weather.

So if you’re like us and you enjoy making the most from local farms take a drive up to Hudson.  You never know what you’ll find.