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Winter Warrior

Posted 1/21/2020 4:49am by David Zemelsky.

A Winter Warrior is a phrase that evolved here at Star Light to identify those greens that "could care less" what the temperature is.  In reality, "care less" is somewhat of an exaggeration because there are times and conditions when it becomes too much even for them.  To be clear here, these plants are not at war with Nature.  They're taking a challenging situation and making it work for their survival.  Every single plant that we grow has just one objective and that is to make seeds so that there will be another generation after them.  Providing food for us is just incidental.  Or, you  might say that the attractiveness of the food that they provide motivates us to take care of them better and subsequently allows them to develop seeds.


There's one more subset of this thought.  In reality, Star LIght and many other farms don't allow these plants to fulfill their mission to make seeds.  We'll mow them down and scrap them off the surface of the soil.  Then rake them into a pile and proceed to plant another generation in the same spot.  Sounds a bit ruthless when you put it that way, right?

Other than this drama that I've described above, its been a relatively quiet week on the farm.  What does stand out is that there are now tomato plants starting in the basement.  And so begins an 8-9 month relationship.  "Its A Long Road To A Tomato", saids it all.

We'll have all of the same items for sale this week as last week.  We'll need your orders by Thursday again with distribution after 2PM Friday.  Again, if its cold we'll set up inside the front door of my house.  So, if you arrive at the shed and see nothing there, just figure that your order is inside.  Here is this week's list:

Home Made Awesome Pickles- a bit spicy, but not over the top.  $8/jar

Apple Hot Pepper Jam-a recipe developed right here by Jen and Joel.  $4/small jar $7/large jar

Frozen Turmeric - $5 piece

Frozen Ginger- $5/piece

Dried Juliet Tomatoes-for salads, when you want something special.  Sort of like raisins, cause they're sweet.  They actually taste better than almost any fresh tomato that you'd pick up at Stop N Shop.  $5/oz.

Spinach, Arugula, Braising Greens, Salad Greens-$6/bag

Claytonia- also $6/bag.  I'm putting this separately to highlight claytonia.  Beautiful, succulent and delicious, this green stands out above all others in the Winter.  You'll never see it until it gets cold.  It has earned the title of Winter Warrior at Star LIght because it will survive, no thrive, in the coldest of situations.  Here is a picture.

Over the years, I've introduced this special greens to so many people.  They become fans and start asking for it by name weeks before we're able to harvest it.  Highly recommended.

Radishes and Haukeri Turnips $4/bunch.  Both incredibly outstanding!

Lastly, we're sticking with our concept of Community Sustained Agriculture by offering you great discounts on future sales.  The original CSA model will get you a box of whatever we're growing in any given week.  Our more flexible idea is that you pick out what you want each week.  IF you choose to join, you'll give us a specific amount of money and we'll track your sales for you AND give you a discount on the food that you want.  If you send us $100, we'll give you a 5% added amount of food.  If you send us $300, we'll make that 10%.  If you want to save even more, send us a note and we'll talk.  We'll be tracking your sales for now in the same way, but eventually, we're going all out modern with gift cards that we'll give to you.  They can be preloaded with money.  More of that later.  For now, if you'd like to save money on real food, send us a check for either $100 or $300 and your savings will start right then and there.  Address is: 54 Fowler Avenue/Durham, CT 06422.  Make checks payable to Star Light Gardens

As always, thank you for supporting Star Light.

Have a great week!