CHANGING WEATHER

I am a California Valley Girl. I was born and raised in Sacramento, married a man born and raised in Stockton, and we have raised our family in the Modesto area. Some people might say a valley girl doesn't really appreciate the meaning of changing weather. It is true that the valley has pretty mild weather patterns compared to say somewhere like the Mid-West. My only experience with what many call "true seasons" was when Keith and I lived in Germany for three years. I remember waiting an entire year for summer to come. I finally figured out that Germany did not and will likely never have three months without rain. And for me, that is Summer. But even so, I love the perhaps gentle changes in our Seasonal Scape here in Central California.

Change, like diversity is both beautiful and bewildering at times. Changing weather means changing varieties of vegetables and fruit in our seasonal Wellspring Charitable Gardens. Did you get to try the gorgeous Italian Heirloom varieties of Broccoli and Cauliflower from our Winter Garden? The green colored, purple hued Italian Romanesco Broccoli looks like a sea creature! The spiraling upward florets reminded me of conical sea shells. I am in awe of the creativity of our Lord and Creator! He gives such amusing sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures! I can't but give glory to the God of such diversity. The taste of Romansesco was more like cauliflower than broccoli -- mild and nutty and magnificent when roasted with red onions and topped with a grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and baked until bubbling and crusty. So fragrantly delicious but only flourishing and available with colder temperatures. They will not be available now until next year.

But Spring is on its way! Please go to our new web-site and order on-line to reserve your basket. Supplies are limited so sign up soon. If you can't maneuver the web-site just text me and I will walk you through it! Our Spring basket cycle starts on the first Thursday in March which is March 1st!

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