Fermenting the Sun on the First Day of Spring

 

Sunshine on a stem!

I’m making dandelion wine! Shades of Ray Bradbury, I thought, his nostalgic novel in my head as I picked these bright beauties in the yard. I feared that we’d take away all the nourishment of our burgeoning bee and butterfly population, but the next day, all the new buds had opened to take the place of the old blooms.

The equinox occurs when our Earth’s equator passes the center of, and its axis tilts neither toward nor away from, the sun. The word is Latin for “equal night,” and on these two days every year, night and day are the same length (as opposed to the solstices, which have either the year’s longest day or longest night).

Seed swapOn this vernal occasion many cultures have for thousands of years celebrated the coming of longer days, and looked forward to the new planting season. B. and I went to a local seed swap, a great way to get rid of extra seeds, pick up new ones free, and meet neighbors and local farmers. As the days lengthen and our seeds quicken in the ground, my thoughts turn more to the outdoors, to planting and sowing our crops, and to sharing the bounty and serene greenery of our garden.


Fermenting the wine with citrus and raisins

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7 Responses to Fermenting the Sun on the First Day of Spring

  1. Carol Feiner says:

    How long does it take the wine to ferment and/or age? Just wondering how soon samples will be available…;-)

  2. utherben says:

    Happy Spring, friend! I too have started some seeds, although on a very small scale (6 moonflowers!); we’ll see how that goes. As the temperature rises I’ll start on the usual plant companions—vegetables, flowers & herbs. I’m also curious to see if anything in my backyard has survived the brutal winter.

    • OOohhhh, I love moonflowers, they are some of my favorites. Eager to see how things do for you this season. We have to be more thrifty than usual, due to CA’s serious drought, are not introducing many new things but still are doing some food crops: beans, corn, chard, kale, radish, tomatoes, etc. can’t wait to eat them! Happy Equinox!

  3. tara linda says:

    Wooo! Do post to us when you do the tasting!! I’m so curious & inspired to try this. You are in such an ideal place to grow, sow, and celebrate the land! Not to mention all the great dairies out your way ;)

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