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Taylor Mardis Katz

Taylor Mardis Katz

Taylor Mardis Katz is a poet and farmer living in central Vermont. With her partner, she runs Free Verse Farm, a small herb farm specializing in homegrown tisanes and herbal remedies. Taylor holds an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and is currently working on her first book of poems.

Ode on a Glass Jar

Taylor Mardis Katz | November 17, 2014 | Issues Archive

Canning

As a farmer, I’ve become a collector of vegetables. But as we all know, vegetables cannot last forever. That is, unless you put them in a jar with some salt, a sprinkling of peppercorns, and a few cloves of garlic. Pickling is an essential way for us to eat from our gardens while the plants sleep beneath snow. But for me, pickling’s greatest joy is this: It gives me an excuse to use my jars.

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