Farming Through The Winter

November 26th, 2014

Although the air is freezing and our fields lay dormant a farmers work is never done.  This time of year you will find me mostly in my office.  I take this time to clean out my files, review last years growing plans, preparing for the changes we will make for the next season and go  over the financial records.  Then there are all the meet and greets with customers and trade shows to attend.  Of course I will certainly squeeze in a few escapes to a ski hill.  Last season I didn’t ski a single day and when I tell my old ski buddies that their responses are rip with disgust.  How can I live with myself?  Its the motivation I need to right that wrong.  Although it feels strange to say it now, soon enough the seeds will begin to arrive and the season will start again.  By as early as February 1st we will start our planting season, this next year early then ever to fill our  new hoop houses.

 

I’ve Got 4 Letters For You C-O-L-D

November 26th, 2014

Well it is certainly a different scene out hear on the farm then just a couple weeks ago.  Snow and cold have appeared with a vengeance and honestly I’m still adjusting.  I will get the hang of it soon enough and when that temperature gauge climbs back into the thirties or even into the twenties it will feel like a heat wave.  Despite the cold weather though our pack shed is warm, we have a nice fire going as I type.  In the relative comfort of our shed we wash and pack bounty collected from the fields before the cold weather hit.  These items, if treated right, will last for months , earning their reputation as storage crops.  Once you receive your share just place all the root crops in your crisper and keep them in a plastic bag for maximum length of storage.  If they are not encased in plastic they due tend to dry out.  The squash and potatoes can just go into a cooler spot in the kitchen or pantry where they should last for several months.  Unless or course you eat them!