It is easy this time of year to get the grocery store blues. You go to the grocery store because there is nothing to eat at home. After roaming the aisles for a long time looking for something inspiring to eat you manage to find some things to put in your cart.
You get home, unpack stuff and somehow for over a hundred dollars you still feel completely without inspiration in the kitchen. This is our experience in the winter and part of the spring. Produce from the store just doesn’t have the same ‘certain-something’. It’s hard to define. You might call it ‘je ne sais quoi’ or that little something; a quality that eludes description.
We have been busy seeding in the greenhouse. The peas are up in our hoophouse. The herbs are starting to pop out of the ground. The nights have been cold this spring, so it may be a couple weeks before we get into the outdoor fields. We will plant spinach, scallions, lettuce, and assorted other greens in our hoophouse instead of the field so that we can stay on track to start our first deliveries in June. The inspiration in your kitchen from our garden is just around the corner.
Jeff Schreiber has been farming organically for 10 years. In 2011 he started Three Sisters Community Farm with his wife, Kelly.