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New Year

January 3, 2011

Winter finds us wanting for spring so that we might dig into the soil and listen to baby chicks peeping all day. While we await springtime, we end up doing what many people do on New Years. We plan.

Harvey and I have been sitting down with seed catalogs plotting our order. We search for open-pollinated varieties, so that we can save our own seeds for planting the next season. We keep our eyes peeled for heirloom varieties that have been grown for generations. But most of all we are hunting for fantastic flavors, anticipating the sweet and green taste of the first sweet pea devoured in the garden. We are obliged to plant tomatoes, sweet corn, potatoes and green beans, the stars of the market garden, but we are even more excited by the less common vegetables- kohlrabi, pak choy, yellow beets, red carrots, and yes, even blue potatoes.

We’re planning out what kind of hens we would like. As we research the different breeds and talk to people who’ve raised them, our eyes swim with Ameraucanas laying blue eggs, Buff Orfingtons prancing about the farm, Black Australorps, and of course those handsome Rhode Island Reds. Not to mention all the modern cross-breeds!

New Year’s is typically a time for resolutions. When I used to go to a gym, I noticed that right after January 1st, it was crowded. I’d have to wait my turn to get on a machine. This overcrowding would last about a month, before the crowds thinned and New Year’s resolutions forgotten. I learned to look forward to February. I used to make resolutions. Some were kept, many broken or simply forgotten.

Suddenly, we are all finding ourselves on this side of the holidays, thinking about 2011. Instead of offering another resolution to your weary ears, we only wish you all the best in 2011- health and happiness to you and your family.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma Millie permalink
    January 3, 2011 5:16 am

    Dear Harvey and Jennifer.

    When I read your description of the vegetables in your planning I could just taste their delicious flavor, and I wanted them to come from your farm. You really wet my appetite.
    May the New Year bring a good start on your farm and everything you want it to be.
    I’m here in California routing for you.

    Your Grandma Millie

  2. Rachel permalink
    February 23, 2011 8:41 pm

    Don’t forget the Romanesco Broccoli! It’s so unique and has a lovely flavor.

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