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NATURE’S TURN: White Goose stars at area farmers’ markets

Mount Washington — The Brussels sprout, a vegetable that appeared on the culinary scene in ancient times, has its enthusiastic fans and equally emphatic detractors. An aversion to the sprouts is mostly attributed to overcooking. And so it was that my article of Jan. 1 was abruptly concluded when I sniffed the aroma of just-right Brussels sprouts rising up to my writing perch from a pot on the downstairs wood stove. I had purchased vegetables from several farmers at last month’s Berkshire Grown winter farmers’ market, where the freshest possible unprocessed as well as prepared edibles were in abundance. The fine-textured miniature cabbages I was about to eat were from Kate Pike’s White Goose Gardens. The beauty of Kate’s vegetables inspired me to want to know more about her enterprise.

Once upon a time, Kate hatched and raised a beloved Shetland goose, a rare breed that, fitting a fairy tale, lives on as the namesake and mascot for White Goose Gardens. Established in 2015 on 3 acres at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, White Goose Gardens offers a diversity of organically grown produce and a specialty line of pickled vegetables at Holiday Brook’s year-round farm store as well as at area farmers’ markets. In season, Kate opens a farm stand and operates a CSA (community supported agriculture).

Kate, who earned a Bachelor of Technology in Aquaponics from SUNY Cobleskill, mentored Wahconah Regional High School seniors in the gardens last spring as part of a student-run service-learning project. She writes, “The students worked for a number of hours each week and were ‘paid’ in vegetables which they then donated to local veterans.”

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