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As we come into the spring season and (hopefully) shake off theIt’s end of winter doldrums, we are startingweather, to think more finally here! Warm (and humid) lots The holidays are here! This is my favorite time of year, despite about the fresh produce that will start to pop up in our grocery of fun ith and Time at the beach or in the back thesun. holidays approaching, thoughts naturally the While cold weather thattocomes with this festive season. Cold stores. we’ve been able to get “fresh” produce all through yard. Life seems slow down a bit, despite turn to food, friends and family. Here arehectic weather leaves us craving comfort foods and nothing says the schedules winter,some it won’t be longalternatives until things grown more locallycomfort will all around. Produce is in abundance here healthy to the abundance of of like a great casserole followed by cookies and maybe even a cup start– to available. 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