Fresh Food Dreaming

I want to plant stuff! Yes, I know it's barely February and this is cold country. I know it will no doubt snow again... and again. I know the nights are freezing and some of the days are, too.

I still want to plant stuff. The seed catalogs have taken hold of my imagination and I daydream about watermelon and green beans and real tomatoes.

Grocery stores are okay in a pinch but there's nothing like fresh, real food! If you don't grow your own, buy someone else's fresh food from a farmer's market this year. The difference is amazing both to your taste buds and to your body. Vitamin loss is a real problem in foods trucked to the grocery store. The longer food is stored, the more vitamins it loses.

Where did that tomato come from? Probably not even the US this time of year. How long do you suppose it took from a farm to a sorting factory to a warehouse to a truck to an airplane to a truck to a warehouse to a truck and finally to the store?


  1. Anonymous8:42:00 AM

    Have you tried growing some of the more frost-tolerant plants in cold frames?

    I'm trying to get my husband to build me a cheap little greenhouse. Right now I'm growing spinach in buckets, in tomato cages. I've got clear plastic trash bags inverted over the cages to make a "redneck" greenhouse. The spinach actually is doing well!

  2. I grow a few things inside. It's too cold here yet for a cold frame even but I've been thinking of trying at least lettuce in one. I'd like to have a small greenhouse, too, but don't know where I'd put it!

  3. I should have said I don't have a sunny place where it doesn't get too cold for a cold frame.