Category: Seasons & Celebrations

Vegetable Soup for The Starving Time

By , April 21, 2019

Spring, in many traditions, carries the sobering name of “The Starving Time” or words to that effect. Here we are at the time of year when the winter food stores are all but exhausted (if not literally used up) but the planting, just started, hasn’t produced any edibles yet.

As it happens, while today we will eat a more traditional Easter meal in our homestead, it will feature leftover vegetable soup from last night.

pub soup

Pub soup’s final touch (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Spring Breaks

By , March 27, 2019

It seemed too cliché to be true, but spring really seemed to kick into high gear on March 19th.

I find that date significant: our latitude’s spring equinox, the day when hours of light and dark balance out, fell on March 18th this year. The “official” spring equinox, the one on the calendars, fell on March 20th (see An Unequal Vernal Equinox). On the day between, everything seemed to click, we tipped the balance from wintry weather to spring. Spring broke, one might say.

Zeiger homestead view

Spring breaks! It’s finally feeling, and looking like, spring (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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