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Author Archive: "Carleen Madigan"

Springtime for Locavores

Like a lot of people these days, I grow a few vegetables and herbs during the summer. From one year to the next, my vegetable garden has ranged from pretty darn good to just plain pathetic. But even in the years when I've been neglectful and spent half the summer traveling every weekend and the other half sipping gin-and-tonics in the shade, I'm always able to eat something I've grown — the odd onion or leaf of lettuce, a few handfuls of basil or parsley. Even some of the weeds are edible, you know. It's one of the parts of gardening I love the most: You can really screw things up and still produce something good. (Kind of like parenting?)

Recently, though, I've made a shocking discovery: there are an awful lot of people growing vegetables and fruit during the summer, and almost no one doing it during the winter. This makes sense, in some ways, since the ground in New England freezes solid during the winter, and the average ambient temperature is somewhere around "go-outside-and-die-alone-by-a-pine-tree," as my friend Jenna Woginrich, author of

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