York Street gardens will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Chatfield Farms will be closed during the day on Dec. 9. Both York Street and Chatfield Farms will be open for Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights on Dec. 9.
Preparing for winter? Yes, I've been thinking about winter for a couple months now, ever since I decided to try to eat more local foods. I won't be limiting myself to eating only foods grown in Colorado, especially over the winter, but I am wanting to pay more attention to where my food comes from. And, I have extra incentive, since local foods tend to be cheaper these days than foods relying on expensive long-distance transportation!
I was in my garden the other day, harvesting beets and green beans to freeze. I found myself leaving the tinier veggies to grow for a few more days, knowing that they will go that much farther this winter. I imagined that if I were a pioneer, concerned with feeding the family during the long cold months, I'd be having similar thoughts. And that's when I realized that "baby" veggies, so prized in gourmet stores and restaurants, are a luxurious sign of our culture's prosperity, picked before they have reached their full hunger-quelling potential. In fact, I'd guess that in the "olden days," only fancy people ever got to try them!
So next time you enjoy a tiny patty pan squash, a petite eggplant, or golf-ball size new potatoes, keep in mind: you are eating the food of royalty!