The ground is frozen. And frozen into it are leeks, parsnips, and jerusalem artichokes. Even my neighbor Connie, who has been known to take a hatchet to the dirt so she can pry up some roots for roasting, couldn't extract her leeks from the ground.
And so we wait. Patience my dear. The vegetables in in the deep freeze embrace of Mother Earth. They will still be there when the earth thaws--in January or next spring.
We put our wanting on hold and call it patience.