The garden is full of promise in early spring … but it becomes hard to find the ingredients for a satisfying meal. The months of March through May were known as the hunger gap, back in the days when people were more reliant on what was available from local farms. We don’t give that much thought when our supermarket shelves are stocked with produce from Mexico and Argentina. Still, the Hunger Gap kale (or Red Russian kale) growing in our garden reminds us of those times.
It’s nice to see we can still make an excellent meal from our own produce, even now. Potatoes have stored well and are still very good eating; the chickens are already laying again at an astonishing rate; and the first fresh chives are ready to be harvested – what more do you need?