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What's ripe in the garden in December

Closeup of frozen oyster mushrooms
Oyster mushroomsI find it hard to believe that it's December and we're still eating fresh produce for almost every meal.  I snagged these oyster mushrooms a couple of days ago while walking Lucy --- they had sprung up on the part of the fallen oyster mushroom log that I thought was mushroom-free and thus left behind.  Even though the mushrooms were frozen solid, they thawed out to make tasty fajitas.

Meanwhile, we're filling our salad bowls with lots of lettuce and the steamer with masses of mustard and swiss chard greens along with a weekly dose of broccoli side florets.  There are parsley and Egyptian onion tops for extra fresh greenery, and our house is full of stored sweet potatoes, white potatoes, butternuts, and garlic.  We've still got a few ripening tomatoes, but they're not anything to write home about.

In the interest of variety, we've thawed out a gallon and a half of vegetables from the freezer, but in terms of quantity, we could still be eating entirely from the garden if we felt like it.  Even though half of our fall garden didn't germinate, the plants that did come up have given us the tastiest early winter ever!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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My walla wallas have some green on them, the beet tops are still green, the fava beans are growing, the hellebore is going a bit crazy (okay, it's not food, but it's something growing!), and the walking onions I won from you a while back are coming along nicely!

Comment by Bladerunner Mon Dec 6 22:16:33 2010
Isn't it wonderful to have greenery in December?
Comment by anna Tue Dec 7 08:17:20 2010

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