Another January, another blog post! I really wish I would make this a regular thing, but sometimes time just runs away from me. You never know - this might be the year you all get to hear me waffle on about vegetables!
The start of January had us ordering all the seeds for the year, and whilst we are waiting for the ground to heat up, we are getting the tunnels repaired, replaced and cleaned out. Once the ground starts heating up we can start planting once more. Til then, we are sowing some seeds to give them a head start.
We are still harvesting our carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, artichokes and radish from the field for the weekly markets. As to be expected, the mud is on a whole other level, which makes it impossible to get any machinery in to the field. So until the ground dries up, we will be harvesting by hand. Harvest day is a family affair, with all of us slipping n' sliding in the mud to yank the carrots out of the ground. (side note: anyone who we have snapped at for moaning that our veg is too mucky, this is why.) Harvest day is usually coupled with wind and rain, so I try to have a pot of soup ready for lunch. Potato soup is the new favourite, with lots of herbs (mainly thyme and rosemary) and nutmeg. There is something far too comforting about the humble spud.
We were absent from a market a couple of weeks ago due to a very sad loss in the family. January is becoming one of those months. Our Nanny was the queen of tea and cake. Every visit to her would never be without homemade cake and tea in a china cup. An extremely gentle loving woman, who adored anything sweet. Our lives will never be without cake and tea.
That is January. I might try get a recipe or two posted in the next couple of weeks before Februarys update - so watch this space.
Ash, picking parsnips