Springing Back

Updated: May 1, 2019

Winter always feels interminable when you have a garden to look forward to as soon as the snow melts. Our farmer Chuck kept our high tunnel going throughout the winter so that he'd be ready to plant the minute the ground thawed: he grew a modest crop of carrots in a decommissioned fridge, whose insulated sides kept the soil from freezing; he kept an outbuilding loaded up with seedlings and grow lights so that he could get a good head start on tomatoes; and he cultivated and mulched rows to line with cold-hardy seeds as soon as it was safe.

It's still a mudbath up there in the Catskills where we grow, but soon we'll be rolling in our own kale and tomatillos and spring peas.