One last harvest before the end of the year — a basketful of winter celeriac and leeks.
After two back-to-back snowstorms, a week-end thaw allowed us to pull up the row covers and check on the beds after weeks of below freezing temperatures. In addition to hardy celeriac and leeks, the kale and escarole are beginning to resprout in anticipation of longer days. Arugula, a variety called Ice-Bred, still has some vigor left.
The celeriac seem none the worse for wear, despite the fact we left them in the ground longer than we intended. The softball-sized bulbs are smaller than in previous years, though enough to cook with. We also made sure to save their leafy greens for soups, stews and garnishing.
After peeling back a layer or two, the leeks clean up well. The longer we grow them, the more we appreciate their ability to overwinter in-ground and add variety to our winter table.
Wishing you all a merry holiday and safe travels, dear friends.