beets are deadly serious

On the deepest winter day, I am appreciating the abundance of garden produce that still surrounds us – in the freezer, the pantry, the greenhouse, and of course the root cellar!  These pictures were taken by the wonderful Eva Verbeeck in the summer, but they are a beautiful tribute to the sweet, messy, and oh so hardy beet that we are especially enjoying right now.

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“The beet is the most intense of vegetables.  The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity.  Beets are deadly serious. ”
– Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


Happy Solstice!

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