At some point before participating in the annual St. Paddy's Day tradition of having alcohol-fueled arguments over the propriety of green beer, stop to consider the staggering fact that as of 2015, Ireland's population still hadn't surpassed what it was in 1840, five years before the Great Potato Famine began. Consider, too, the imperial English dogs who chose to enforce a rigid brand of free-market economics that kept their neighbors and royal subjects starving to death just across the Irish Sea, even though there was no total food shortage.
All this to say: makes you appreciate that baked potato, huh!
Cooking local, seasonal food isn't just a statement your waiter is required by law to deliver before serving your $19 beet salad; it's the way humans have eaten for the vast majority of their history. This March, honor St. Patrick's dedication to local interests (getting rid of all those damn snakes), and eat some of these in-season foods.