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Five Winters, Part 2

| 10/16/2019 12:11:00 PM


Introduction by Kerridwen Harvey

In 1969, Jocelyn “Josh” Harvey, born in the American Midwest, moved to a farm outside of Barry's Bay, Ontario, with her husband, David Harvey, who, ever the punster, dubbed the farm Gopherwood, and their one-year-old daughter Kerridwen. There, the two former full-time English professors who taught in upstate New York, embarked on a politically motivated project of "living off the land" — or attempting to do so.

Part 1 sets the context and recounts the author’s struggles through her first winter on the farm.

Spring Brings Food-Foraging Relief

When spring finally arrived, as slowly as it can when you are desperately hankering to eat fresh greens, we did a crash course in wild foods and discovered which of these were most appetizing. Sheep’s sorrel, winter cress and fiddleheads were up first, and are quite good. Plantain and burdock came next, and, when we could find them, morel mushrooms were sensationally tasty.

None of the other greens, we thought, were as good as young dandelions, picked well before they blossom. These we had in such abundance that we could easily eat them cooked or in a salad twice a day, in fact, that we relish them now even when money allows us to buy salad greens all winter long.

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