Can it be...spring?

Ahh, the ramps.  The first great bounty is just waiting in the woods to bring pizazz to food after a long winter.  All the kids at our house, including the goat versions, fearlessly dug their nails/hoofs into the forest floor in search of food on our first forage attempt Easter Eve.  Initially, it's quite the challenge to dig up leeks without popping the tops off (plant self-protection?) and essentially losing the bulk of the harvest.  But after settling in, the buckets started filling up.  We're hoping to really go for it this year and take advantage of a crop that is ready and waiting when we would otherwise be engrossed by the seed starting battle.  Makes sense, right?

And what to do with these slightly tangy onion??  Drying, freezing, and pickling to preserve.  But then what?  I've heard of Wild Leek Potato Soup.  Sounds like a good start.  This year.

Also happy to report that one blog I follow, The Improvised Life, has been on the ramp bandwagon.  Spring is infectious. 


The Lone Pea Plants

The lone pea plants...It's spring here at the tip of the lower peninsula...almost.  This morning we woke up to a pretty thick coating of ice on the trees.  Beautiful, but a little discouraging given the drop in temperature.  And safely tucked away into the hoophouse, the pea plants are thriving.  I've long since killed the earliest spinach seedlings.  They completely dissapeared.  Mother Nature will always be the master of plants.  I can only dream of it.  Go MSU Hoophouse, where they are harvesting their first crop of the season this week!  Impressive considering the looks of the outdoors:


While nature waits outdoors, Matt has been experimenting with the glueless, screwless, naillless casket...made with dovetails and pegs.  (Pictures to come soon!)  We're trying to put our money where our mouths are, and produce a casket that is biodegradable, regardless of its life after leaving our woodshop.   I've always believed in voting with our purchases...that's how we create the community that we want.  Now that we are on the business end, why not only offer what benefits our community?  We're in a whole different league than businesses producing in China; there are a completely different set of principles involved.  Our caskets are made with little girls giggling in the background, scents of homemade food sneaking into the woodshop, and neighbors stopping in to drop off raw materials or a simple chat.