Yes, it's true. I got out in the garden yesterday. This is unheard of for Ottawa at this time of year -- unless you've gone out to push snow of the hedge before it collapses, or to knock large slabs of ice off of the bird feeders. The soil was even workable (which means it wasn't frozen, and was dry enough that it didn't ball-up like cookie dough when raked) so I planted the first batch of arugula. Yes! Spring is on the way!! Arugula is tough stuff and can take some freezes if we still get them so it's a great crop to start with.
I'm a firm believer that cooks should also garden -- if only to be able to grow cool ingredients that are either hard to get, silly expensive, or in such a crappy state at most stores that it really is necessary to grow your own. I'm a big fan of fresh rosemary, so have a pot (actually, at last count, 5 pots) of that on the go at all times. I also grow bay (all bay leaves sold in stores were grown during the time of King Tut). The only other thing I keep in the house through the winter is Mexican oregano which can't survive outside. It can be bought locally, but is usually just a pile of dusty flower heads, and nothing compared to home-dried whole leaves. Outside there is thyme (dries well for winter), sage (according to an old herbal, you can't die if this is in your garden, so what kind of crazy person wouldn't grow it?!), lovage (you can never have not enough if it's in your garden), several oreganoes (turkish, syrian, and greek), and french tarragon (really fun to chew on when you're cutting the grass because it makes your tongue go numb -- i am easily amused), and a few delicate annuals like chervil.
Peace be with you! I know it will be with me!