“As the story goes, the earth goddess Demeter had a daughter, Persephone, who was abducted by Hades to live with him as his wife in the netherworld. Demeter would have nothing to do with this and threatened to shut down all plant growth. Zeus intervened and brokered a deal whereby Persephone would spend only the winter months with her husband, Hades. Demeter, saddened by her daughter’s absence, made the earth barren during that time. On our farm we refer to the period when the days are less than ten hours long as the Persephone months.”
— Eliot Coleman, “The Winter Harvest Handbook”
It appears Persephone is returning early this year — we spotted chives coming up in the herb garden. We pulled up most of the winter carrots, Napoli at top and Red Core Chantenay at bottom, before they began resprouting, and a bunch of King Seig leeks. The lone parsnip was to see how they’re doing; it’s one of only five that germinated in fall, our first time trying to grow them.