An onion is a sure thing.
It is easy to keep for months, and will be the same tearfully wonderful kitchen staple after a winter in a sack as it was the first day picked. It is also a gateway vegetable. The simple onion inspires me and suddenly there are buckets of beets in sand under the porch and nooks and crannies stuffed with jars of pickled and jammed everything.
I gave away a whole braid of onions in the fall, feeling overwhelmed with produce, they’re just onions…
Now im out of my own, but rather than regret reckless generosity, I want it to remind me to hand out the precious stinging nettle pesto and all the treasures that come along this year with the same generous abandon.