Friday, December 01, 2006
December is truely the month I love most on the farm. Most everything is sleeping and life slows down to a pace that can really be enjoyed. I still have that bit of child-like magic expectation that comes with cold and snowy days, warm kitchens and bright lit christmas trees. So please join me in seeking out the magical moments of this time of year and share them with someone you love.
Here in middle Tennessee, we bounce back and forth from cold to warm to rain to threats of snow and then we awake one morning and realize the cold has landed for the season. That is when you want to be sure everything is well protected and then just let it all be until spring.
We have winter greens growing in the garden, turnips, spinach, mustard, loose leaf lettuces and kale. Doesn't really matter how cold it gets they will be just fine and makes for a nourishing meal at the end of a cold work day.
We had our own pumpkin supply this year for Thanksgiving, and I have to say, they were beautiful and very tasty. From the small Baby Whites to the very large bright orange (i don't know what it is)pumpkin, they were all interesting to grow. Our first time to try that crop and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.
I learned some things and will be better prepared for the next try.
Things in your herb garden that will produce all winter...your rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano should be happy as long as you aren't too far north, I'm not real sure how the herb gardens survive the very harsh winters. Maybe someone will share their experience with me on that.
Sage Hill Farms has signed a fairly large contract with "Kids Culinary Adventure" in CA., for the upcoming spring, and as a result we will be growing herbs in greenhouses all year. This is a big step for us and I'm very excited and a little scared.
Growth is frightening sometimes, when it takes you out of your comfort zone...but then I suppose if you never leave your comfort zone you really don't grow.
I'm wishing you all a very "Happy Holiday" season.
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