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Canned goods by Sarah Joplin

It’s New Year’s Eve and the frost of morning overlays the green world gone dormant. In Mid-Missouri, now is the time we avoid weather forecasts and instead look outside to see what Mother Nature has in mind for the day. Though we are tempted to dream of spring, it is best to stay present in the natural state of hibernation.

Our (human) version of this season of survival largely involves catching up with ourselves before forging headlong into a new cycle of dreaming-turned-doing. Blades need oil and sharpening, sheds need cleaning and sorting, books need to be read by the fire, seed stocks need assessment before succumbing to the promise of seed catalogs. It’s time to reflect and take stock as much as time to dream.

A jaunt to the basement is an easy way to see the year in review: Potatoes, squash, garlic, onions, basil and shelves lined with canned zucchini, tomato, ratatouille, vegetable soup and dried beans provide a quick glimpse at the growing season that started with seeds sown in the greenhouse early last spring. Such is cause for celebration! For on these shelves lies the culmination of planning, tending, sheer grit and the ongoing toil necessary to grow and put up food.

The freezer offers further testament to the bounty of the land: pesto, elderberries, eggplant cutlets, and blanched zucchini. All of this amounts to evidence of triumph over insects and other pests, extreme weather, molds, mildews, fungi and other assaults on precious plants that must be tended and protected in order to achieve an edible yield.

Butternut squash by Sarah Joplin

1/24/2021 7:29:02 AM

Sarah, great post. I too travel the isles of supermarkets when I must and reveled at the amount and variety that the public has at their whim. Gone are the days of seasonal eating. Whatever a person fancies can be purchased at any time of the year. However the sacrifice is nutrition and taste. For me the extra work of tending a garden is worth it. Farmer's markets have somewhat satisfied those that want the home grown garden benefits without the work but still the satisfactions of growing one's own food has not equal in my humble opinion. ***** I look forward to more of your posts. ***** Nebraska Dave Urban Farmer

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