What do Farmers do in the winter?
I get this question all the time.
The hoop houses are still full of beautiful head lettuce, napa cabbage, radicchio, parsley, spinach, salad mix, and kale kale kale! We will be harvesting many of these crops until mid February when we will replant for March/April greens and radishes. We still go to some markets and our CSA doesn't end until mid December.
Taking care of our animals--feeding, watering, giving them clean bedding.
Cleaning! Somehow cleaning up and organizing always gets put off until this time of year... Then it starts snowing and we try to quickly put everything where it belongs before we can't find it anymore.
Planning. This is one of my all time favorite farm tasks. It is full of dreams of the future, drooling over seed catalogues, and feeling super ambitious and optimistic. Did I mention we are planning a u-pick flower CSA?
Record keeping, taxes, working on our organic certification paperwork. Ugh.
Website updates! Check out the new page about our Animals.
Starting seeds: That's right! onions get started first towards the end of January.
Vacation! We take time off for the holidays to see family. Nate and I are also wanderers at heart, even though we have chosen the most limiting profession in that regard. Our compromise is to take one epic vacation every winter. This year we are off to Paris and Italy.
Building a house! We have been dreaming of living on the farm since we bought it in 2012. We are mostly building our house ourselves. We hope to live in it spring of 2017. I foresee this making a big difference in how easy it is for us to manage and enjoy the farm.
Growing a baby! We are expecting our first child mid-April 2017. Just in case farming and building a house was not enough excitement we decided to add a little more adventure to our daily lives.
Ciao for now,