Though the summer and fall are very busy on the farm, the winter months make us appreciate the time we spent during those busy times to put up vegetables in the freezer. The March Freezer, though less bounteous than it is in November, is still full of goodness from the season . . . brussels sprouts, green beans, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, kale, cauliflower, celery, chard . . . all have found their way into winter soups, stir fries, pizzas, burritos, curries, and more this winter. Tonight’s meal had a little flavor burst of spring . . . pasta with local, grass fed ground beef and arugula pesto. While digging through the freezer to find the arugula pesto (if you haven’t ever tried it, you should – delicious!), we came across a bag of frozen husk cherries, otherwise known as ground cherries. Abe was asking for a snack while we made dinner and this seemed like a good time to try them out. Kid tested, kid approved. His comment of approval was, “It tastes like a smoothie in your mouth!” That is some good payback for cleaning out the freezer!
So as we prepare for this season’s harvest . . . greenhouse planting plans in place, field maps laid out, seed packets organized, tools organized and cleaned, supplies ordered, mouths watering at the thought of fresh greens in the spring and early summer . . . we tip our hats to last year’s bounty. AND we look forward to the CSA season ahead!