Winter Cravings

Why do we crave fresh fruits and vegetables in winter?  Is it mental, or are our bodies trying to tell us something?  Must be sunshine vitamin deficiency, since so many winter days are downright gloomy…  When the sun does shine through my kitchen window, I draw irresistably to its soothing glow and warmth.  But it’s difficult draping myself over the sink to enjoy it.  This is the time of year I think investing in a sun room is a good idea.  Sigh.

I also find myself spending copious time browsing the fresh produce section of the grocery store.  Fresh strawberries from California, green grapes from Chili, blueberries from…where are those blueberries from?  I’m eating so many succulent little popping-fresh berries, my teeth are turning blue.  And who had the bright idea of displaying bouquets of fresh flowers among the produce?  Smart, very smart.  I buy, I linger, I think I need those expensive strawberries after all…and some tulips.

Maybe a trip to Florida would be more cost effective.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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