It is early December, and we have had two pretty substantial snowfalls, a few hard frosts, and many light ones, but right now it feels more like the Pacific northwest than downeast Maine. A combination of the relatively forgiving weather, and the garden hoop house, have combined to make garden season an (almost) year-round activity. Even though I have these ingredients under wraps and stored elsewhere for the frigid days to come, I was able to pull what I needed for chicken stock right out of the open garden—a few leftover leeks, in-ground carrots and re-growing celery. Here is some of what I gathered a couple of days ago, some from the hoop house (leeks, lettuce, arugula and radicchio), but the Brussels sprouts, spinach and kale are out in the open, uncovered. I wish more people with gardens would plant a row or two for late fall—it is the most rewarding harvesting I do!