Over the years I've taken note of the places where the snow melts first in my garden. In these spots I've planted early bulbs. They start growing under the snow. By the time it melts their pale shoots, like the ones in the photo, are out of the ground. I suspect they will be flowering in a few days.
Edible plants for areas where the snow is first to melt are chives, sorrel and rhubarb. I can't wait to eat my first spring chive and sorrel salad or rhubarb crumble.
Meanwhile I'm starting to think that this year it might be June before all the snow melts away, the ground dries and I can start planting the earliest seeds. The earliest seeds to plant are cold weather crops like beets, kale, collards, peas, rutabagas, fava beans, potatoes, spinach, chard, fennel, chinese greens, turnips, cauliflower and broccoli.
Now that the growing season is almost here I'm getting excited.