I had one of the best mornings of my life yesterday and it wasn't because I won a million dollars, but because I finally got to go to the farmer's market. I screamed with joy (literally) in my car when I saw it. Thanks to my dear friend Dawn who came with me and supported my silliness. It's asparagus season, and now that I know how labor intensive growing asparagus is and how short the season is, it is just even more precious to me. I was happy to get asparagus, stinging nettles, farm fresh eggs from free range chickens, bread, rhubarb jam, Ohio maple syrup, and two beautiful hanging plants.
Now, you might be saying, "What the heck are stinging nettles? Well, they are a plant that has great medicinal properties. I heard about how they help with sinuses/allergies because they contain natural antihistamines. I had even bought some packaged tea last year, but let me tell you, the fresh tea is so much better. I could hardly stand the packaged tea and I have to say that I sort of like the fresh tea I am sipping right now. Disclaimer: I am often teased for liking things that taste like grass. However, you could add some local honey, which can also help with allergies. I'm just drinking it plain. The crazy thing is that I can honestly feel my sinuses opening slightly - and I didn't even know I was congested right now! It's easy to make the tea: just boil water, pour it over the leaves in a glass bowl and steep for several minutes. Then strain and enjoy! Make sure you use tongs or something as you don't want to touch the leaves and get "stung." Thanks to the wonderful young Amish farmer who gave me the recipes and so much of the wonderful food.
Here's a picture of my loot from the market (the stinging nettles are in the ziploc bag): Can't wait to go back again!