Winter (at least in the northern hemisphere) is typically known as a time to go inside – with the shorter hours of daylight, the colder temperatures, the dormant “sleep” of rest for many of the plant world. And yet, winter is also the time for gardens and gardeners.
All season we wait, planning in the dark hours of chilly afternoons and prepping the earth fervently in-between rainy days. Seizing windows of time for the physical work that precedes the bursting forth of food and flower alike, clearing weeds, tilling the soil, adding generous servings of compost to replenish what was used from the previous season. Scouring seed catalogues, dog-earing the pages for the most brilliantly colored tomatoes or a new variety of jalapeño that, if you can believe it, isn’t spicy! Plotting the way the garden will be laid out takes time and considerable foresight. This winter has been a blessing to us simply because as we tire from our strenuous work in the garden, the rain or snow blesses us with a break and a chance to look into the future.
The future is bright here at High Hope; full of colorful fragrant flowers, juicy ripe watermelons, crunchy peppers, highlighter neon chards, and mesmerizing broccoli- yes, broccoli can be mesmerizing. It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to experience nearly a full year of growing healthy, vibrant food and now is the time to share that gift with our community. Which is why this spring we are doing just that with a preliminary offering of a Community Supported Agriculture program! Beginning March 21 we will be offering a limited number of spaces to the local residents of Glen Rose to pick up fresh, unique, and delicious produce directly from the garden.
In addition to offering weekly vegetable shares to the locals here, we have partnered with Fossil Rim to bring guests a very special Farm to Table dinner series! Chef Kelley Stephan and I have planned a series of Farm to Table dinners will also involve various activities such as planting a garden, harvesting food, and learning how to grow your own food along the way.
This Spring will truly spring us forward into a busy and beautiful time, we hope to be able to share the garden with you in one way or another. Whether it be through our CSA shares, the Farm to Table dinner series, or by simply taking a tour of the garden when you come to visit. You are always welcome, come enjoy with us!