Happy Holidays to all!
One thing to note about cold weather vegetables is that a plant's defense mechanism against freezing temperatures is to fill their leaves (and roots ) with sugar - a plant's version of antifreeze. The spinach has benefitted from this and you will taste it in this week's share.
I am absolutely tickled by the Winter share already. To think that we have a bagful of fresh vegetables for you on December 23rd! Who says you can't eat local year round?! Great job, Nick! I am sure to repeat myself with this sentiment, but it's a good week for gushing over with joy. For years we have been experimenting and learning about winter growing. Seed variety choice is the first hurdle, then timing of plantings, then weather protection, and the list goes on.
We are looking for a Ridgefield chef or two who might be interested in showcasing our microgreens for the winter months, so if you have a favorite local restaurant, pass the word on for us.
I hope a warm dish of scallion potatoes or a crock of braised greens (with lamb bacon crumbled on top) can make it onto one of your holiday tables!
The warmest wishes for a joyful week - from all of us here at The Hickories.
Dina Brewster and Nick DeBrock