I am still mesmerized by the Winter landscape, ice and all. As I walked down the road yesterday, I looked across the old canal that runs between our road and the Susquehanna, to the river beyond and the ridge that rises above it to the Northwest. The canal is almost completely frozen over~ a considerable amount of water remained after the wet year; it’s calmly beautiful, a silver-white glaze that snakes through its deciduous banks. The river beyond is a smoky green-blue, bits of ice float on its currents, and yesterday a flock of seagulls, bright white against the dark ridge, swooped and circled over and around, flying their course over the river as they often do. There is a bright scarlet spot of bittersweet that’s wrapped itself through one of the trees; it’s surprising how it’s held its color so late into the winter.
The cardinals seem prolific this winter, too, scattering their brilliance under shrubs and on evergreens. I looked out a window and saw the fattest red male I’ve seen in a long time, perched on a low fallen branch close to the ground. He sat there, perfectly still, so fat and round and perfect in himself…… Their gorgeous crimson is utterly and simply miraculous against the dormant colors of the season.
Tomorrow's market is a good day to stock up on some delicious local foods to get you through the next winter week. Bill Callahan will have some fresh chickens and guineas; quantities are limited, so get there early if you can. And Marvin Eshbach has luscious late winter spinach and and green lettuce, and freshly baked breads and rolls, among his offerings these weeks. Brian Futhey as always has wonderful raw-milk cheeses and his grass-fed beef products. Steve Forman will be back next week.
Our indoor market vendors are here to help you stay patient and well-nourished with the best in-season local foods until we're back in the green. We'll be here Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, right through the end of April, in our friendly, sheltered, heated indoor space. We're but weeks away from the Vernal Equinox when the days become longer than the nights: hang in there, and stay safe~~~
Warmth and blessings from us all for a cozy, healthy Winter!
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef, veal
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Freshly dressed chickens and guineas. Limited quantities available.
Beaver Run Farms: Out-of-town this week, back next week!
Pork, specialty cuts and products
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth: Will be back later in the winter
Breads, biscotti, cookies, granola, specialty baked goods, eggs
Orchard Breeze Farm:
Lettuce, spinach, apples, turnips, apple butter and jams, fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls
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