Of Snow, Frost, and Mercy

It’s snowing again?!

That seems to be the most common phrase for February around here.

snowy-farm

But as a farmer, we see things from a different perspective.

 

“He gives snow as wool”, and so we wonder what could be warmer than wool? All those little tender plants that would otherwise perish with the cold are covered over as with a warm blanket of wool. That snow protects the little seedlings and keeps them safe until spring.

 

“He scatters the frost like ashes.” Think of that….I have taken wood ashes from our stove and scattered them in my garden for fertilizer so I can readily visualize this…The frost, scattered about us like a dusting of ashes, stinging our fingers till we can hardly make them move. Yet, it is that very frost that kills all the pests that might otherwise become so devastating to our gardens and animals later in the year.

 

The snow, the frost…they are actually a mercy.

And it doesn’t go on and on for years on end. It is only for months, and sometimes only weeks. And then the warm sun comes like it did today, the sky turns from gray sadness into glorious blue like I saw this afternoon. And that snow is melting, turning into water and being stored up in the hills for later in the hot summer when we will need it most.

 

Remember to sign up by February 28th, for our CSA if you want to take advantage of the early-bird discount of 5%. There’s only a few days left and then it will be glorious March!

Yes, I know that we don’t grow bananas around here….but we have been blessed with a box of over-ripe bananas. So, we have to take advantage of that and make something special.
Since I have company coming for the weekend, this is a great thing to have on hand for all those times when someone wanders into the kitchen and asks, “Is there anything to snack on?” Well, yes there is.

banana-bread

We use this recipe because we want to use up as many bananas as possible, and not too many other ingredients.

Banana Bread
6-7 ripe bananas, smashed
2/3 cup melted butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

Heat oven to 350, mix butter into mashed bananas, mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over mixture and stir in, add flour mix, pour into buttered loaf pans, bake for 1 hour.
This will make 2 loaves.

Note: I highly recommend testing for done-ness on these. It is common to take an extra 10-15 minutes if the loaves are particularly large or your oven is just a bit cooler than ours. We slip a knife into the center-crack, and if it comes out clean it’s done, if it comes out covered in dough, it needs more time.

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