The week before Thanksgiving tends to be a time of great preparation.
While Halloween feels attached to Autumn, Thanksgiving seems
to be our kick-off to "the holidays," the winter end-of-year flurry of
parties and meals shared with friends and family.
And of course, centered around a big meal as it is,
Thanksgiving celebrations require lots of preparation.
|Executive Chef John Toulze|
Preparations we all enjoy—for those of us at home it involves
planning the meal, foraging through cookbooks or drawers
to hunt down that favorite family recipe that you "must have" on the table,
searching for inspiration to liven up the traditional feast with a new twist on something, shopping, choreographing the cooking to maximize
one oven and not enough counter space.
All part of the countdown to a creating a great feast.
We have similar preparations at the restaurant, although we have
more room and the recipes are at our fingertips!
We are also engaged in a countdown at the farm
as we continue preparations there.
Ongoing labors to prepare the beds, amend the soil,
harvest what we still can and looking ahead to winter constitute our work right now.
|beans still growing in the Orchard|
While the hustle of activity pre-Thanksgiving leads up to that one dinner,
we see our farm preparations this time of year as
the foundation for many healthy and delicious meals soon to come.
|The Orchard is still abundant with beans, persimmons|
|and our JuJu tree|
Yet even as we do all this prep work,
we are still harvesting from the farm
and getting creative with our winter vegetables.
|delicata squash prepped and ready|
|photo by Steven Krause from|
Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig's Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
And the greenhouse at the fig is our savior.
The temperature and moisture controlled environment
means we can be growing delicate microgreens
as well as nurturing seedlings no matter what the weather outside.
|onion seedlings enjoy controlled misters in the greenhouse|
|red microgreens are bull's blood beets|
So, even as our attention turns to holiday feasts, we stay focused
on what we are growing now and also what to do
with our farm project to ensure we always
have fresh beautiful gems to share with you.
The continuous cycle is all part of our preparation for a a new farming season.
Tell us about your preparations this time of year,
whether in your garden or as you shop at
farmers markets preparing for your holiday feasts.