Posts tagged: Cold Weather Crops

In Defense of Kale

By , September 8, 2019

The Kale Backlash has begun.

I don’t follow trends, generally speaking, so please forgive the distinct lack of back story here. All I know is that some time ago, somehow, kale got to be a big nutritional deal in the U.S.A.

Americans do this, making a particular aspect of food a fad; consider chlorophyll in the ’50s, more recently oat bran, red wine and the like. Each “big deal” becomes a marketing trend, finding its way into the least likely products. Right now, kale almost rivals “gluten free” as the hip nutritional byword/phrase.

And, of course, with the enthusiasm, comes the backlash, mostly from people who don’t like the “hot” item. Such as kale. A lot of people don’t like it, or assume they won’t should they ever try it.

So, who better to defend kale than I, an admitted kale skeptic?


Some of Michelle’s kale (dinosaur? I think?) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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Ever Greens

By , December 10, 2015

Wednesday morning, Michelle bundled up against the December rain, put on a headlamp, and headed outside. A short time later, she returned with her gathering apron full of lush greens.

Fresh from the greenhouse, December 9th (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Fresh from the greenhouse, December 9th (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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