Eating My Own (Frozen) Veggies

Eating My Own (Frozen) Veggies

So — now that it’s spring, and I’ve got teeny tiny little spinach (and arugula) seedlings poking up in the garden, I find myself most nights rooting around in the bottom bin of my basement freezer pulling out packets of spinach and chard I put up last summer. When I put them up, I envisioned myself eating them in deepest January, when the snow was piled up around my wee Montana house. Of course, we had no snow this winter, but nonetheless, what did I eat this winter? It wasn’t frozen greens from downstairs — I don’t know now what veggies I lived on this winter, but now that spring is coming, and I’m suddenly craving greens — I have to admit that even spinach or chard that’s been frozen since last summer is still better than greens from the grocery store that have spent the last two weeks on a truck. These are greens I picked, and then blanched and froze the same day — and they’re organic, and clean, and lovely. So tonight for dinner it was leftover pasta with some lovely grilled chicken-basil sausage from Matt’s Meats, my local butcher (who makes the most amazing bacon …. don’t get me started on Matt’s bacon), a packet of frozen spinach from downstairs, and a nice dollop of cream to bind it all together. Oh, and a green onion from the garden — I have a strain of “walking” onion in my yard that I inherited from old Mrs. Warnick — they pop up in the most unlikely corners of my garden — among the roses, over where the sunflowers grow, in the veggie beds. So, spring is here — things I can eat are growing in my yard, the birds are singing, and yesterday the dogs and I went for a nice hike up in Suce Creek (good for all of our winter-soft waistlines).

2 thoughts on “Eating My Own (Frozen) Veggies

  1. Hi Charlotte–I have been enjoying your Montana days ever since I got back from Livingston. I’m glad your cold frames are working. We didn’t use any this year–just grow lights. But our snow peas are already up and everything in the valley is GREEN, the capital letter green. Peach blossoms pink against the white mountains and blue sky. This is when I love Paonia most. Did I ask you if you have rhubarb? I am planting a bed this year. Visit us! Happy Spring. Judy

  2. Hi Judy! Yes — I have rhubarb — it’s just starting to poke through the (disapointingly weedy) compost I slathered on everything. And I have so many veggie starts that I’m sure there will be a few to share with your darling grandson, he of the wee green thumb! Glad you got home safe — I’m already dreaming of the legendary white peaches of Paonia/Grand Junction!

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