On this frigid day in early January, the temperature outside in Lansdowne is a bone-chilling 24 degrees – conditions that are far more conducive to growing icicles than growing fresh greens and produce. Yet here inside Lansdowne Urban Farms, the thermometer says it’s a relatively balmy 72 degrees, which is just about the same temperature it always is, regardless of whether the calendar says July or January.
Thanksgiving is just about here. What does it mean to you?
To some, Thanksgiving means gathering for a dinner with turkey and plenty of side dishes, celebrating each others milestones from year to year, and enjoying the company of family and close friends. To others, the holiday means parades, football games, and getting ready for the start of the holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving 2021 also marks a cautious, gradual return to these holiday traditions following the (hopefully) worst of the pandemic.
Thanksgiving also means that Lansdowne Urban Farms is approaching a significant anniversary, as we celebrate one full year of hydroponic farming. The first year has seen its share of growing pains for us, and we’ve learned a lot about the ins and outs of growing food hydroponically. The holiday is a bit of everything to us, but the “thanks” in Thanksgiving is always paramount.
We are thankful for the opportunity that you, our community, has offered us – to provide, fresh, healthy food that’s grown, harvested, and sold right here in Lansdowne. In the big picture, we are a relatively small operation, but it feels important to us, and we’re grateful that we have found so many others interested in what we do here.
So thank you – for your patience, your willingness to try new things, and for keeping up your interest as we work to find our place in your kitchens and on your tables. Our community is important to us, and we are especially thankful that we can be a part of it.
Come on out tonight! Our Parris Island Cos Romaine is ready and delicious!
In the next 10 days, we will have Black Magic Kale and Lettuce Leaf Basil and a new Japanese Green called Chijimisai that is loaded with flavor and nutrients. This stunning new superfood contains four times as much vitamin A as carrots! It is also a great source of minerals and protein. You will not be disappointed.