spring chivesWhen it comes to a discussion of seasonal meals, the following misconceptions are commonly offered up to me.  First, it seems that the prevailing image is that the winter season is the most difficult time for people to sustain themselves from the land.  The stereotypical winter diet is portrayed in gray, dismal colors, a mix of old and stale root crops with little flavor and starvation rations.  Second, the common thought is that the arrival of spring marks instant abundance once again. 

Well, let’s consider each.  First, with regards to winter meals, let me be the first to say how extraordinarily delicious, varied, filling, colorful, and nourishing a winter diet is.  This time of year is essentially what we are working for during the growing season.  All our efforts to cultivate and store thousands of pounds of root crops – potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, and parsnips - is rewarded during the off-season.  As we ferment, can, and pickle our surplus vegetables throughout the summer, we tuck quart after quart away on basement shelves.  The freezer is stocked with meat, and the root cellar fills with eggs. 

Winter, you see, offers a delectable selection for the palate. 

Why bother saying this now?  It is, after all, late in the spring.  Because springtime, it must be said, is really the most challenging season.  We finish off the last of our stores as we plant the seeds for the coming season. 

Abundance must be sought in creative ways. 

Here at D Acres we seed lettuces and other greens into greenhouses and coldframes as soon as the soil thaws.  These first salads are an incredible burst of freshness that is eagerly devoured meal after meal.  In no way, though, do we expect to subsist on greens alone. 

Randolph Horn
6/11/2012 9:03:06 PM

Very good article. Hits the nail right on the head! We too can everything we get from the garden and enjoy it all winter. We maximize yield and taste by using a very special plant food that we are attempting to make available to all gardeners, but we need your help! In order to keep costs down we need to get the word out without spending a lot of money to drive traffic to GardenPlantFood.com. At that site we will have info about the plant food. The site is under development so changes will be coming all the time, but eventually we would like to have a forum for gardeners to share ideas, etc. Thanks for the chance to ramble. Please visit GardenPlantFood.com and tell us what you think, Thanks, Randy

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