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Little Legs in Nectar from Town Farm

Posted 1/3/2013 7:35pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Hello Friends,tunnels

It's hard to ignore the procreative nature of farming. Bees spreading pollen after dunking their little legs in nectar. Tiny seeds of the solinacae family burgeoning forth into plump, proud eggplants and tomatoes. A rooster crowing as he zags from one hen to another. The luxurious silk of the corn cob, the tight germ inside the juice of the kernel. Still, in January, when you're standing shin-deep in snow wondering what you might find under a half-buried, 300-foot-long, plastic-covered kale tunnel, the fertile force of nature is generally the last thing you have on your mind. That's why it was especially satisfying on this 16-degree afternoon to uncover the plastic from the end of one of the tunnels, crawl inside through layers of fabric, and exclaim to my wife who was standing outside, "Oh my god, Oona, it's warm and slippery!" She laughed. Then she went back to the office to prep the seed order. I tramped home to take care of Wiley. And Adam, Olivia, and Alissa climbed inside and picked the kale. Town Farm in wintertime.kale

Come enjoy the bounty for yourself this Saturday and the Northampton Winter Farmers Market. 9AM to 2PM, lower level of Thornes Marketplace. Three kinds of kale, salad mix, arugula, spinach, carrots, watermelon radishes, garlic, leeks, shallots, a special deal on sweet potatoes, and even this tender, succulent lettuce mix – a delightful January treat.lettuce mix