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The End Is The Beginning

Posted 12/9/2019 2:53pm by David Zemelsky.

Our 2020 seed catalogues are here.  We've already started making plans for what tomatoes we'll keep and which we won't.  The pictures of promised vegetables seem to be calling to me not unlike the Sirens who tried to get Ullysses' attention to the point where his crew had to lash him to the boat to keep his temptations at bay.  Summer and  all its amazing foods seems a world away. 

But this is what keeps us in New England, too.  The changes, the contrast, the waiting.  Oh yes, the waiting.  There's beauty in diversity of decisions, but limitations have a very real beauty, too.  And in this way, we watch an end turn into a beginning.

Here's the first exciting beginning I can tell you about.  Its the carrots that Joel planted in mid November.  Barely, barely, they've begun to poke out of the soil.  As young tender things, they'll be ready to survive the Winter, small as they are.  By the end of next month, there'll be enough light for these seedlings to continue growing.  Let's hope for Mother's Day as our first harvest.  Can't wait!

The next exciting thing is that we'll be starting next years tomato crop at the beginning of January.  That ends up being a really long relationship when you think of it.  Start in January and take them out by September-that's nine months.  One can get to know a plant pretty well after that length of time.

Sometime within the next two weeks, we will probably plant a special blend of lettuce that will do something somewhat similar to the carrots-except much faster.  We should see a blush of hearty lettuces by mid to late April.

The next benchmark will probably be second Winter plantings by the end of January.  Mostly kale and other greens.  As always, plants that are exposed to cold , perceive that they are in danger of dying.  Their defense is to produce extra sugars to change the freezing point of the plant.  These sugars add a sweetness that can not be beat in our greens.  We anticipate and relish when this happens.  By the way, the plants do not die.

Below is our list for this week.  With colder weather, our window of opportunity to harvest has narrowed significantly.  Therefore, we're requesting that you let us know your wishes by 8AM on Wednesday.  Send us an email with your order.  The order will be ready after 2pm on Thursday.  Order will be in the shed to the left of the house at 54 Fowler Ave./Durham .  Bring a light if you come after dark.  If its really cold and you can't make it, we can bring your order inside and we'll carry on from there.

Now, lets talk about whats available for you this week.

Salad,Arugula and Spinach-all $6/bag

Big Kale- $4/bunch

Hakeuri Turnips and Radishes- $4/bunch

Bok Chi- $4/bunch

Star Light Gardens Sun-dried Tomatoes-$5/package

Jen and Joel's Fabulous Pickles- $8/jar

Jen and Joel's Equally Fabulous Apple/Hot Pepper Jam $7/large jar $4/small

Celeriac- $3/lb.

Ten items.  Not at all shabby.  By the way, if you've never ever tried Hakeuri Turnips,  I just want you to know how unique and wonderful their flavor and texture are.  Well worth it.

Have a great week and don't forget to eat real food.