I sometimes envy those of you who live in climates where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. I cherish those moments in July and August when I was able to bite into a fresh tomato that tasted like juicy paradise. Those days are long gone.
This is what it looks like in Montreal, Canada these days:
This was taken a few days ago, and a lot of the snow has melted, but it is still pretty cold here and anything you eat will have come from far away, unless you are storing it yourself. Luckily, I have done a lot of work in preparation for these days.
So far this winter we have been enjoying stews made with root vegetables that are in cold storage, tomato sauce that I canned in late summer, and the quarter pig I bought from my CSA in the fall. We've also been eating the soups I made, including a rich and thick apple cider squash soup, a tangy potato-sorrel soup, and a terrific borscht which has been voted the best of the lot.
Our freezer and cold room are full of food that will keep us well fed all through the winter, but I still would love to feel the grass under my bare feet...and it'll be a few months before that happens. Until then, I will keep busy with projects like making my first ever batch of sauerkraut. I hope it turns out well.