Winter veggies with Harlequin Produce

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
— Michael Pollan. "In Defense of Food. An Eater's Manifesto"

Our neighbors Kaly and Brian here in Arlee are founders of Harlequin Organic Produce-- a fantastic source for beautiful, fresh and delicious vegetables. And we can't just eat meat, right? We recommend trying a Winter Storage Stock-Up share. This is an awesome opportunity to extend our relatively short season of Montana vegetables into the fall and winter. I'll be sharing recipes with ways to incorporate this beautiful produce with the meats from Mountain Meat Shares. But hurry! You need to sign up for the last available share by Sunday, October 22nd!

 Yum yum yum.    Photo credit Harlequin Produce

Yum yum yum.    Photo credit Harlequin Produce

We have been members of Harlequin's CSA and this year, they offered a customizable option for their summer shares. And now customization is available for the Winter Storage Stock-Up! Convenient, quality fall produce.

Way back in March, I visited with Kaly Hess, co-owner of Harlequin Produce. She was seeding trays in the "prop" (propagation) house. It was a cold day, but as I walked into the heated space, I felt a wave of warmth and moisture and I was overtaken by the sweet, deep, earthy smell of potting soil. Trays of tiny-hole starts were planted and neatly lined up in their "germ" (germination) chamber. Kaly was comfortably dressed for the environment in a t-shirt, something I wished for by the time our chat is over since I was layered in a thermal shirt, fleece, down vest and wind breaker coming in from the outside. 

I commented on how this must be just the best time on the farm-- to be alone with your thoughts as you attend to the task at hand, with the promise of great future produce ahead, and feeling the warmth and humidity on our parched, cold skin. Still shining with her winter Mexico tan, I know that this peaceful productive day will be in sharp contrast to the long, busy summer ahead where there are endless things to do. And throughout the season, whenever I stop by the farm, I get the sense that it is all under control. Even with customers and deadlines and weather and employees waiting for their days' orders-- it is handled with Kaly's calm exterior. 

 Loading squash in the field. Photo credit Harlequin Produce

Loading squash in the field. Photo credit Harlequin Produce

On that March day, I drove slowly back across the valley with the strong sun streaming through the windshield. The pastures I passed were filled with various ages of baby calves. They are all taking a snooze on the warming ground. Soon it would be all day hot for them. Reflecting on this now on this cold October morning-- wow, how could we have imagined such a summer. 

But all that is past and we are on to a new season. Check out the winter share sign up now--- deadline for the last offer is October 22nd. 

 Squash in abundance.  Photo credit Harlequin Produce

Squash in abundance.  Photo credit Harlequin Produce

GeneralJennifer Knoetgen