In Your Share This Week
- Winter Squash, Acorn
Leeks: If you ever wondered what déjà vu is like for a farmer, here you go: I was sitting here trying to think of something to say about leeks, so I looked at last year’s blog post from this week and found the following: I’m going to admit that I couldn’t think of anything particularly interesting to say about leeks that hasn’t already been mentioned, so I thought I’d take a ramble through internet-land to get some inspiration. In addition to some growing and cooking information, it turns out that leeks were a part of humanity’s diet in Egypt and Mesopotamia since the second millennium BCE. Also, leeks have made some interesting cultural appearances over time- as a national emblem of Wales, on military helmets as identifiers, on certain vintages of British pound coins, on the coronation gown of Elizabeth II, mentioned in Shakespeare plays, featured in internet memes based on Japanese anime, and even in pokémon. Well played, leek.
Shallots: I think we have struck gold with our shallot crop! We have found an amazing variety that consistently produces enormous bulbs that store well into Spring of the following year. They have a pretty pinkish-coppery colored skin and white flesh with pale purple colored rings, with great shallot flavor.
The Winter Bounty: beets, braising greens, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, chicories, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pie pumpkins, radish, rutabaga, turnips, shallots & numerous varieties of winter squash (butternut, delicata, acorn & kabocha varieties)