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Dream Green with Harmony Co-op

Updated: Jan 16

Here in northern Minnesota, we're used to being a little optimistic as far as the weather is concerned. We have a lot of winter, after all - we're famous for it! We plug our cars in at night and keep shovels and blankets in the back just in case; we know wool socks are warmer than cotton and that layering keeps in body heat. When the lakes freeze over and the geese fly away, we drive across the frozen surfaces and fish through holes we cut in the ice. We know the first blast of warm weather and snowmelt is invariably too good to be true, so we don't put the winter coats away yet - but it feels so good that we still take off our jackets. While the rest of the hemisphere is tinted a little more green each day by spring's advance, the Northwoods is still dreaming of green under our frosty white winter blankets. We can prep and plan our gardens (and even start some plants!), learn and practice sustainable habits, and get ready for the short yet intensely beautiful spring and summer months.

One of the first signs of spring here at Harmony is the seed display up front, and we’re all very excited to see the High Mowing display arrive! Starting seeds indoors can be done no matter what the weather outside, and you can also try smaller window or kitchen herb gardens with some varieties. We’re in planting zone 3b; planting zones, developed by the USDA, help farmers and growers decide when to start which plants depending on the climate and plant hardiness. While we might think it’s too early, it’s actually a great time to think about starting some of the hardier varieties!

Springtime is always a special time here in northern Minnesota. As long as winter may feel, no matter how deep the snowbanks, once Mother Nature decides it's time for a change there's no going back. It seems like no time at all between when the ice houses start coming off the lakes and the honks of geese and swans echoing through the air as the open patches of water grow on the lakes and rivers. Take a walk along your favorite woodland trail and you'll see more and more little footprints in the snow as the wildlife begins to come out of hibernation. We humans, too, are coming out of a sort of hibernation, as we transition back to the refreshing routine associated with warmer days.

Even though any seasoned Minnesotan knows that the first few days of warm weather are just a taste of actual springtime and we're probably going to be doing a little more shoveling before we can put away the snow removal equipment - it still feels like the whole planet is coming out of a long, hard winter, and that makes the sunshine feel all that much sweeter.

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