Despite the exceptionally cold weather we’ve been having our gardens are still producing, albeit grudgingly. We have brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, 4 kinds of kale, turnips, turnip greens, mustard greens, cabbage, chinese cabbage, senposai, Yukina savoy, spinach, bok choy, arugula, chard and even a little lettuce. The lettuce is growing in my improvised cold frames (old windows laid over the raised beds), but the rest is growing outside. We don’t have a high tunnel or any row covers. That’s a benefit of being in Zone 7.
I don’t know how much longer things will last though. Just when I’d adjusted to the idea that cold winters here were a thing of the past, this crazy one comes along. But of course it’s just getting started. Maybe it will warm back up. Maybe not.
Even if the gardens give up the ghost for the winter (and I’m not expecting that), we’re well-provisioned with food from the farm. We have pork, vension, fish, chicken and summer veggies in the freezer. We have potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic in the basement. We have pea shoots, green onions and sunflower greens sprouting in the window sills.
Almost everything we eat now comes off this place. This morning I had eggs and potatoes for breakfast. Last night for supper I had broccoli salad, green beans, potatoes and fish. All from this farm.
Cherie just asked me to bring in some things for her to cook: spinach, cabbage and broccoli. No problem, I answered. It feels good to be able to say that.