The fun of spring share is we get to work inside (hoophouses and greenhouse) and outside. Some of the outside crops we have cultivated and others Mother Nature has provided. All of the cultivated outside crops are perennials; meaning we plant them once and they grow year after year. It’s always amazing how anything can live through a Wisconsin winter! The chives and sorrel were planted about 5 years ago and continue to get bigger and stronger each year, although we do need to keep them weeded all year. And when we go into the woods and down to the stream we become the gatherers that our ancestors were, eating what Mother Nature intended us to eat at this time of year. Eating locally and seasonally has an ancient wisdom for health. Thanks for joining us in this local, seasonal eating adventure. Enjoy all that’s in your share today!

Barb

Our second week in the woods harvesting ramps. In this area of the woods the entire forest floor is blanketed with them. Eric digging up a cluster of ramps while Chad, Rachel and Becca separate individual ramps from already dug clumps.

Our second week in the woods harvesting ramps. In this area of the woods the entire forest floor is blanketed with them. Eric digging up a cluster of ramps while Chad, Rachel and Becca separate individual ramps from already dug clumps.

Eric, Eric (J-Mo) and Chad harvesting dandelion greens. Tat soi in the foreground.

Eric, Eric (J-Mo) and Chad harvesting dandelion greens. Tat soi in the foreground.

Lettuce head harvest. Becca, Rachel, Yhun and Rancy.

Lettuce head harvest. Becca, Rachel, Yhun and Rancy.

Watercress harvest

Becca harvesting. This bit of spring fed water is just down the hill from the barn.

Becca harvesting. This bit of spring fed water is just down the hill from the barn.

Chad filling his crate. We cut the watercress just above their roots, a bit above the water.

Chad filling his crate. We cut the watercress just above their roots, a bit above the water.

Rachel moves her pallet so she can get further out into the spring fed stream. If we step off the pallet, down into the muck we go.

Rachel moves her pallet so she can get further out into the spring fed stream. If we step off the pallet, down into the muck we go.