“Happy New Year, everyone. I’m joining the rest of the world in an end of year review this week.
2015 will be remembered on Essex Farm for the longest stretch of good weather we have ever seen. From July through the end of the year, it was simply the best we could have hoped for. We had fine, moderate temperatures through the summer, with just enough rain, and then a fall so preternaturally warm we feasted on fresh spinach from the field on Christmas day. The spinach looked even greener this week, under its blanket of fresh white snow.
But before the good stretch, there was June, and she was a wet and ugly one. It was too wet for planting on any part of our farm this spring aside from the fifty acres of drained ground. We were more grateful for that ground than ever, and took full advantage of it, planting about 10 acres of it to field corn, with the rest dedicated to vegetables and the perennials. With luck we got crops in between rains, and when the weather dried out, everything took off. The vegetables, with a few exceptions, were gorgeous and plentiful, and the corn crop yield was excellent.
Because that ground has saved our hides so many times in the last few years, we decided to put in another 40 acres of drainage this year, on the opposite side of the farm. It’s an expensive undertaking, and debt is always stressful for me, but I believe in this investment…” Continue Reading this Essex Farm Note.