Red Beets and Warm Hearts
Over the last three months, it feels as though there has been more water out of Griffin Creek than in its banks, and this week has been significant. We have spent many hours sandbagging just to keep the main barn dry, but the river and creek gods are angry and torrential and have no mercy.
Luckily, it is winter, and our fields are fallow in this area, so most of the items getting wet are used to it; however, there is a strange change in water flow. The thought of getting in to work the fields seems to be moving in the opposite direction, and this makes it hard to get the greenhouses and seeding in full motion. We have been cleaning the machine out, grouping all of our seeds into plantings, and making small changes to our overall planting plan. Fortunately, we can do all this with a warm cup of tea in hand.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we always celebrate with beets. The heart beets for us all! We love to cook our beets with sweet cherries, raisins or oranges to add complexity to their flavor. For those who enjoy the savory side, you can use ginger, mustard or even horseradish with your beets for a deeper flavor. Beets have always been used to strengthen the immune system in times of flu and cold and are very rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few.
Sharing food and love at this time of year will make the dark, wet days pass more quickly.
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