Eliot and Barbara, north but not forgotten

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2006 at 5:26 pm by JTE

Here’s a nice article that should inspire some four-season farming.

The Winter Garden | Warming Recipes From Four Season Farm

Maine winters may be icy, but the couple behind Four Season Farm won’t let the chill stop them. The hearty, warming recipes here—some from the farm, others from grateful local chefs—take full advantage of their extraordinary vegetables.

On the coast of Maine, where winter temperatures can go well below freezing and stay there for days—weeks—at a time, winter gardening mostly involves spreading seed catalogs out on the kitchen table and dreaming of May and June. But not for Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman, who live down past Blue Hill, a town on the east side of Penobscot Bay, on one of those long, rocky peninsulas for which Maine is renowned. I dropped in on the couple—partners in life as well as in the enterprise they call Four Season Farm—just before lunch one gray day last February, when storm clouds lowered and a chill wind whipped the ocean waves to a froth. I found them out in one of their unheated plastic-covered greenhouses, in shirtsleeves and sweating slightly as they harvested a surfeit of organically grown salad greens along with baby beets, little white Hakurei turnips and candy-sweet Napoli carrots.

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