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.

“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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