Written by Madison Lisle
Photos courtesy of Produce Express

Well, we made it through 2018. Throughout each year, we go through many phases, and this magical time of year is a phase to be celebrated. Whether you celebrate the new year with a rich, homemade dinner with family or Indian takeout on the couch with your dog, this time when the nights are long and the skies are dark deserve some recognition. And you know what? You deserve recognition too. You deserve to be celebrated and to remind yourself that, through ebb and flow, abundance can always be a part of your life.

The winter is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate abundance since it seems so scarce when you look around for it. With bare trees and fallen leaves, gray clouds and a shrouded sun, finding the beauty in simple abundance can be difficult. So remember to practice saying, “I have enough. I am enough.”

When you sit down to a delicious dinner of roasted squash, meat cooked to perfection, or a pile of fresh citrus fruits, remember the earth’s endless output of beauty and sustenance. When you bundle up with your friends and brave the cold, remember the compassion you have for each other and let it warm your spirit. May we all celebrate our accomplishments of the last year and live in abundance. All it takes is a mind shift and a little winter magic.

(And a little warm hot toddy can’t hurt.)

Tiki Hot Toddy

(courtesy of Madison Lisle. Serves 1)

3 ounces rum

½ lemon

1 teaspoon agave syrup

1 cinnamon stick

Cloves, star anise, and nutmeg to taste

To a large cup or glass, add rum, agave, lemon juice, ½ lemon rind, and nutmeg. Add cinnamon stick. Pour boiling water into cup and stir well with the cinnamon stick to blend. Adjust agave and lemon to taste. Garnish with cloves, star anise, or nutmeg. Relax into the moment and enjoy.

Here’s what’s in season this month:

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Root vegetables and greens from Riverdog Farm

Twin Peaks Orchard (Newcastle):    

  • Amagaki Persimmons — these are done for the season, but local fuyu persimmons are available by the case only from J & J Ramos Farms in Hughson.
  • Chandler pomelos
  • Melogolds
  • Meyer lemons
  • Satsuma mandarins

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Amagaki persimmons

Larsen Apple Barn (Camino)    

  • Fuji apples
  • Winesap apples
  • Pippin apples
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Golden delicious apples

Ray Yeung Farm (West Sacramento)    

  • Red kuri squash
  • Butternut squash
  • Traditional orange pumpkin
  • Blue pumpkin
  • White pumpkin
  • French red pumpkin

Riverdog FarmOrganic (Guinda)   

  • Scarlet queen turnips
  • King Richard leeks
  • Gold beets
  • Chioggia beets
  • Bloomsdale spinach
  • Rainbow chard
  • Green chard
  • Red chard
  • Dino kale
  • Purple daikon
  • Yellow finn potatoes
  • Nicola potatoes

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Beetroots from Full Belly Farm

Full Belly FarmOrganic (Guinda)   

  • Nantes carrots
  • Butterball potatoes
  • Dino/lacinato kale
  • Collard greens
  • Green chard

Del Rio BotanicalOrganic (West Sacramento)

  • Red sunchokes
  • Mizuna
  • Heirloom winter squash
  • Pea shoots
  • Finger limes
  • Mixed medley cherry tomatoes
  • Salad mix with petals & herbs
  • Braising mix
  • Arugula
  • Red frisée

Produce AliveHydroponic (Loomis)    

  • Flowering wasabi arugula
  • Watercress