As we rapidly approach the longest night and the blast of artic set to accompany it, I ponder the gift of warmth and light. On the summer solstice, the sun rises at 5:31 am, with the sky is flooded with light well before and the sun sets at 8:32 with light lingering in the western horizon until nearly 10 pm. That is 15 hours and one minute of the golden orb casting its warm, life-giving glow. In contrast, on the longest night, darkness descends at 4:38 pm and the sun only reluctantly peers over the horizon at 7:19 am to end the 14 hours and 41 minutes of cold and dark. That’s a lot of darkness – no wonder our eyes are drawn to the sparkle of Christmas lights and the glow of flames.
Our market will be open Saturday, the 23rd of December, from 10 am until 2 pm. The coffee pot will be on. We invite you to enjoy fresh lacinato and Russian kale (check out our new recipe for kale salad with hot bacon dressing - yum!), bok choy, spinach, arugula, BPF special blend for colorful and flavorful salads, zesty and nutritious mustard greens, mild heirloom Italian chard, parsnips, sugar and rainbow carrots, turnips, beets, celeriac, leeks, black and watermelon radishes, red, green and savoy cabbages, sunchokes, red and Candy onions, six varieties of dried beans, winter squash, gold potatoes, fresh eggs, grass-fed and finished beef, whole pastured chickens, our frozen flavorful tomatoes, roasted chilies and specialty sweet peppers, yummy popcorn and more.
At the end of the longest night will come a sunrise, commencing the ancient movement of the sun towards the longest day. It seems a fitting time then, to celebrate the coming of the Light into this world of darkness.