We are glad to be able to continue our delivery/pickup service into the new year. If you have promised yourself you are going to eat good, healthy food in the new year, please take a look at what we have to offer for this Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Why are our Cold Weather Vegetables so Sweet?
The sweetness of cold weather vegetables is amazing. Any of the produce we offer is excellent at this time of year.
Certain vegetables, including many root crops, actually taste much better when they’re grown in the winter. Winter sweetening is a phenomenon you often see in vegetables that grow naturally in cold weather. For vegetables that survive colder temperatures, it is mostly due to their ability to convert starch into sugar. Over the course of the growing season, these vegetables store up energy in the form of starches. When temperatures start to drop, they convert these starches into sugars, which act as an anti-freezing agent for their cells.
You may find supermarket vegetables much less sweet because they have not been grown where the nights are cold enough. They are also not often as tender as locally grown vegetables. A younger leaf is always more tender than a more mature leaf, but a leaf is also more tender when it is fresh. All the produce you buy through Hattie’s Garden is harvested as it is ordered and is very fresh when you get it.
We hope you enjoy everything we have to offer this week. Remember the deadline for ordering is Wednesday at noon. You will receive an updated reminder on Tuesday, but please order early to be sure you get everything you would like. Supplies are sometimes limited.
May you have a safe and wonderful new year.
Yours in the garden throughout the winter,