From the Farmer

       Warmest winter greetings!  I hope you all are finding an abundance of joy and beauty and good company in this darkest time of year.  Here on the farm we celebrated the Winter Solstice last week with a magical lantern-lit walk over the bridge, across the field, up a steep path in the woods and through a beautiful spiral made of evergreen boughs under the stars.  This was an opportunity to journey on our path through darkness, while surrounded by loving friends, to find the light of a steady burning flame at the center.  Later we each brought our light out of the spiral to share with the world beyond.  

       Amidst holiday festivities, this is a quiet time on the farm.  A time for some deeper rest, a time to be present in stillness and to allow for the teachings of the year past to be digested and incorporated before we emerge into planning and action in the new year.

       I hope that you all are finding peace and hope and that you may find ways to share your light, your gift that you each have for the world.  

       In gratitude for this journey, as a community, together,

Freezing rain makes a perfect mouse shelter or winter meadow fairy house.

Harvest Report

Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Celeriac, Kohlrabi, Turnips, Rutabaga, Daikon Radishes, Cabbage.

In the Kitchen

Swedish Rotmos   Rotmos is Swedish for "root mash".  Hiding them in sweet potatoes or carrots is a great way to eat turnips and rutabagas if they aren't your (or someone in your household's) favorite vegetable.  There's a saying that if your rotmos dish doesn't come out delicious, just put some more fat in it.  This recipe is a good guide but basically take whatever root veg you have, boil them, mash them up, and add some butter or cream, salt, and herbs if desired.  Those who avoid dairy can make it just as tasty with olive or coconut oil, or coconut milk for a creamier flavor.

Beet-Cabbage-Carrot Pickles  with turmeric, ginger, and garlic, these are a delicous and warming winter kraut.  this site has a great step-by-step for first time fermenters, as well.

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Conway, MA 01341-9661

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