February, the shortest month of the year, often feels like it is the longest. The holidays are a distant image in our frosted rear-view mirrors, the snow is piling up and any thought of spring is just wishful (or wistful) thinking. Although the amount of daylight has been increasing incrementally since the winter solstice in December, it is in February that we notice that now there is sunlight past 5 PM. There may be plenty of more snow to be had but the longer days turn our hopeful thoughts to gardening, fresh local produce and farmer’s markets, even though their fruition is still months away.
It is a reassuring activity to plan your garden, anticipating fresh picked produce and vicariously dispelling some of the pent-up cabin fever that creeps into our winter-weary bones this time of year. Once again, High Mowing Seeds will come to the rescue. High Mowing, based out of Wolcott, Vermont, specializes in organic seeds that are especially suited to our New England climate. They feature heirloom varieties and newer hybrids that are propagated for their superior taste, nutrition and pest resistance. The Living Earth is offering over 60 varieties of High Mowing organic seeds to meet the demands of any home gardener.
Vermont is still the only state to pass GMO labeling legislation that is not contingent on other states joining in. High Mowing is another prime example of the Green Mountain State’s penchant for independence and sustainability. They are a small company with integrity, providing organic seeds the way nature intended as opposed to the genetically altered atrocities foisted upon us by the likes of Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta. In f2008 The Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC) published a 48 page report entitled “Who Owns Nature?” An excerpt from the report states that “In less than three decades a handful of multinational corporations have engineered a fast and furious corporate enclosure of the first link in the food chain. Gene Giants have used intellectual property laws to commodify the world’s seed supply- a strategy that aims to control plant germplasm and maximize profits by eliminating Farmer’s Rights.” The report goes on to say that the top ten seed companies now control 67% of the global proprietary seed market with Monsanto alone controlling almost one-quarter of the market.
While planning for your future harvest, take action now by growing your own fresh organic produce this winter with High Mowing’s organic sprouting seeds. There are several tasty combinations to choose from including Broccoli Blend, Crunchy Bean Mix, Ancient Eastern Blend and Spicy Salad Mix. If you’re not up to sprouting your own, try the succulent organic sprouts from 2 Friends Farm based in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Their nutritious sprout mixes include Super Salad, Cleanse Salad, Healer Salad and Longevity Salad.
And let’s not forget Rob and James, the dynamic duo who make up the Living Earth Green Team. Rob brings in the freshest organic produce available to our region. Many of our customers comment on the wonderful selection of organic greens featuring kale, collards, chard, lettuces, bok choy, mesclun mix and more. There is also a vibrant assortment of avocados, oranges, grapefruit, mangos and other fruits to choose from that won’t be locally grown in New England any time soon. Despite climate change escalating at its current pace, our winter is still a force to be reckoned with!