Spring is arriving! The Forsythia are blooming as well as the Daffodils. Here at HHF, we are busy planting our spring garden. We love peas and broccoli, so those are our two main crops. We will have onions, spinach, lettuce, kale and beets with a little luck. The excitement that Spring brings is contagious. More than a week with temperatures in the 70’s is only adding to the spring fever at our house. Although there are more chores in the Spring, they are tempered by the satisfaction that comes with growing your own food. Food picked at the height of perfection and cooked the same day makes for an unforgettable meal. As adults, we may forget these simple pleasures, but children are quick to catch on. Two years ago, we planted our first garden at the farm. Potatoes and green beans were two of the vegetables we tackled because they were something we hadn’t tried to grow in Suburbia. The first time my oldest son ate steamed green beans he had picked from the garden, I thought his eyes would pop out of his head! He was amazed by the taste and asked for seconds! If you are a Mother, then you can appreciate the magnitude of that. I smiled and promised to grow green beans for him for the rest of my life. The family reacted similarly to home grown potatoes. They are delicious!!!
If you lack the space for an extensive garden, consider buying from your local farmers market or food coop. It will be worth it. As always, it pays to know your farmers!