the onion, the sure thing

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.

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