Wintertime is a season for rest, reflection, and recuperation from the harsh outdoor cold. Everything is quieter, more somber, as we contemplate the stillness between the spring and fall seasons. In wintertime, the produce season is in a period of hiatus - what is available at local farmer's markets is often stored root vegetables, apples, grains, and fermented, pickled, or canned items from the previous harvest season.
It can be easy to fall into the winter doldrums, with very little sunlight and fewer prospects for socializing. But it's important to take this time to rest, do some reading, make some background plans about the upcoming months and stay warm and nourished. Making a soup from local root vegetables is a good way to get back in touch with the seasons.
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 small nib of ginger root, chopped
- 6-8 fresh sage leaves
- 1 medium turnip
- 1 medium radish
- 4 potatoes