Winter Confusion

January 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

Rob Gardner

There used to be a time when newspapers found it too costly to print large color pictures.  I’m not that confused, however, between the price of ink and the price of other inputs that go into the Chicago Tribune these days.  On the other hand, I’m confused over a recent food article on winter veg.  The three featured “winter” recipes meet one’s produce challenges: swiss chard, cauliflower and…eggplant. 

Eggplant?  I can (slightly) see swiss chard and cauliflower.  Both of those grow in cooler conditions and in a place like Italy or California could be considered winter crops.  Swiss chard even prospers under our indoor hoop houses, and when not minus eight, may be found around here in dark times.  Generally, I do not  imagine anyone trying to eat local in Chicago relying on these crops.