Back to business...avocado season is in full swing in California right now, which means that here in the midwest, they are marginally cheaper, but much, much nicer.
Rhubarb is in full stalk as well. One of my favorite spring treats, rhubarb is tart and tangy, and makes a great pie, cake, or even savory compote to pair with pork.
Look for strawberries to be coming to Metro Centre this Friday. I have it on good authority that southern IL berries will be there and ready.
Finally, it is soft shell crab season. They will probably be in and affordable for the next 3-4 weeks. Make sure that they are alive before you purchase them. Or, alternatively, you can come get them from my restaurant, which I should probably plug. Chef John's Wine Bar and Grill in Dunlap, off of Rt. 40. I have 6 crabs left, but I'll be getting in more next week.
I will be putting in full posts about several of these things, and I will be trying to bring you some of a planned series of great foodie businesses in Peoria very soon.