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Quote of the Day Shauna Niequist

October 12th, 2014

“Fall is harvest, when we’re getting all the good stuff that someone took the time to plant many month ago.  Someone planted it, and now we benefit from it.  And that’s how it is we make art.  We struggle and push and plant seeds deep underground, and it doesn’t look like much for a hilwe.  But then someone comes alone and listens to your song or sees your painting or reads your poem, and they feel alive again, like the world if freh and bursting, just like harvest.  Plant something today that will feed someone many months or many years from now.  Plant something today, because you’ve feasted on someone else’s carefully planted seeds, seeds that bloomed into nourishment and kept you alive and wide-eyed.”

Shauna Niequiest in Bittersweet.

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I love the farmers market this time of year, I come home with bags full of hearty roots for roasting, adding to gratins or long simmering in soups. While I grow potatoes, I don’t really grow carrots and celeriac much, they have such a long growing season I’m happy to allow someone else to plant those things so I can benefit from them.
I’m also loving the sweetening on the bitter greens like kale. Shopping at the farmers market is a great way to get in touch with the flow of the seasons.
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Roasting is probably my favorite way to enjoy winter root vegetables, it bring out the sweetness and really showcases their flavor.

What’s your favorite fall/winter vegetable? How do you like it prepared?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day Shauna Niequist”
  1. kristin @ going country on October 12, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Leeks, hands down. We had a spectacular crop of leeks last year and I was spoiled. This year, not a one. And they’re kind of expensive to buy, even from farmers, so I guess we just won’t have them much this year. Boo.

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  2. Sarah on October 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    It’s funny, carrots are one thing I always grow. Around here I can plant them any time of year except summer and just forget about them until I want a carrot, then I go pull a few.

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  3. Chris on October 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Beets and brussel sprouts,,,hands up! :) And like you…Roasted with other root veggies! The best! It’s probably the easiest and tastiest way to prepare winter veggies. Just a little drizzle of olive oil, s & p and whatever herbs you like or have on hand! Yum!

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