Visions of Sugar Plums
December 1, 2006
There are stacks of garden catalogs by my chair, and I feel a bit like a kid with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Last summer one of our local organic farmers had ground cherries at his stand, they look a lot like tomatillos, if you haven’t seen them. Ground cherries have a husk like a Chinese lantern. They are ‘oh so sweet’ and I noticed in one of the catalogs they called them pineapple tomatillos and that probably is a better description than cherry, but the size and shape is like a yellow cherry. Then there is green radish from China, trombone zucchini from Italy, sweet potato from somewhere, edamame soybeans from Japan…and off I go to dream land!
But I am not dreaming when I think about soil-sprouts. I am harvesting ‘crops’ from my organic indoor gardens. And I do mean gardens, plural, because if you look around the house now, there are trays tucked in anywhere I can find a spot. I have a couple of ‘green spaces’ that are devoted to greening up the sprouts for a few days before harvest. I like having nice ceramic pots that I rotate in to and out of with trays of new sprouts and trays of finished greens. It has a nice appearance and always changing variety of green shapes and sizes. The fact that we get a pound of fresh greens for wonderful salads, is real reward for a little work. Not to mention a lot of pleasure from seeing things grow! I read somewhere, about a green space being good for you over the winter months. With long, dark winters here in Vermont, there is a steady stream of articles about how to deal with ‘cabin fever’ all winter long, And so a sunny window with lots of green things is good for you even before you eat fresh organic greens!
Last night I made a salad with about five Romaine leaves, a tray of purple radish, buckwheat lettuce, and sunflower greens. So I have the purple and pink of the radish and buckwheat on the green of the lettuce, then I chop the sunflower green in ¼â€ lengths and sprinkle on top. The sunflower stems have sort of a luminous appearance and look like pieces of mother-of-pearl sprinkled around the salad. It all makes a wonderful presentation and my hungry boys made quick work of the salad. Well they vaporized the pizza too!
Happy Holiday to you,
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