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Celebrate Asparagus Month and National Salad Month with Two Special Books

There’s a special month, day, or commemorative week for just about everything. Eventually, if things go the way they are now, each and every day of the calendar year will be dedicated to some kind of celebration. A misanthrope like me simply doesn’t know what to say about this phenomenon. My natural pessimism and sense of the absurd are piqued endlessly when I look at lists of “special” holidays.

I mean, really culture? Do we need a special day to celebrate sporks (granted, this holiday may be fictitious)? Do we really care so much about irrational numbers? I have a similar feeling when driving around my current home of Los Angeles, and each highway interchange is named after a police officer. I question the logic of celebrating a person in this manner. I think, Aww, you were so great we named our favorite rush hour gridlock after you! Now everyone will associate your name with car fumes and bumper-to-bumper traffic forever.

But I digress.

May is a month of many holidays, as you can see by perusing a site like Holidays for Everyday. May Day is an international day of solidarity for labor, May is when the flowers are due after a rainy April, May is even Fungal Infection Awareness Month. …Who knew?

Most importantly, in the admittedly small worldview of this blog post, May is National Salad Month AND Asparagus Month. And even cynical me can agree, those two things are definitely worth celebrating!

In honor of Asparagus Month, we’re offering Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles on sale for 35% off. Asparagus is just one of many vegetables profiled in Eric Toensmeier’s classic guide for permaculturists and any gardeners interested in moving away from replanting annual crops each year. In honor of National Salad Month, check out The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, also on sale for 35% off. Author Carol Deppe is a big fan of salads. She doesn’t even believe in using dressing, as she explains in this article, relying instead upon the rich, mingling flavors of herb leaves, varied lettuces, and other greens. We hope you join us to celebrate the month of May — Salad and Asparagus month, that is — we might skip the Fungal Infection Awareness Month party. Bon Appetit!


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