The crazy thing about seasons is how fast everything changes. The backdrop of life is constantly shifting. Recently I’ve been getting confused and lost when driving to familiar destinations because I don’t recognize my surroundings with leaves on the trees. At the farm, the herbs grow so much from week to week I only recognize them because I know where they’re planted.

This goldenseal won't be in flower next week

This goldenseal won't be in flower next week

The farm gets more and  more beautiful every time I go back. Last Thursday was misty and damp and the greenest day I can remember in a long, long time.

baby aspen trees

baby aspen trees

I hope to eat some of these dandelions before it’s too late. I’m told the tops make tasty fritters when dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and fried on in a pan. I like the idea of eating all parts of a dandelion, but am still a little squeamish about eating things that grow out of the sidewalk. However, should there be some kind of apocalypse and I become forced to forage for food, I will also be able to identify and consume wild lettuce. You may recognize it from the perimeter of many a parking lot:

wildlettuce

Besides being edible, it’s sap is a natural analgesic (painkiller). We learned last week that if you were to take the time to harvest it—letting little bubbles of sap dry and scraping the dried sap into a jar—eventually you could use the powder to remedy pain. Funny though, Bill didn’t mention how the powder should be ingested. Hmmm.

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Spring!

April 29, 2009

Tulips = spring!

Tulips = spring!

I am so, so so SO happy it’s not winter anymore. This month has felt very long and very tumultuous in many ways, but I’ve come to understand that nothing soothes emotional turmoil like the sudden arrival of 80 degree heat and the simultaneous explosion of fresh green foliage. Seriously, these trees didn’t have any leaves on them last week. And possibly the day before yesterday:

so green!

so green!

Watching everything around me burst back into life, it feels like I might not be able to help but do the same.

Handpicked love from Auntie D's garden

Handpicked love from Auntie D's garden

Sprouted Seeds

April 19, 2009

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I planted these little tomato babies and chile peppers at the beginning of March.  Watching them emerge from the dirt as little embryonic green slivers was captivating. They are still in their infancy but starting to express their potential. The photo doesn’t fully represent the subtle spendor of their purple stems, or the little hairs sprouting from those stems, or the seed shell still stuck to the leaf of one of the peppers. Still, sometimes I crouch down beside them and marvel at how much life can be contained inside one almost-invisible speck of a seed.