What a soft November we’ve had. Last year, the ground was frozen solid by now. This year, we’ve had many days in the fifties, the cover crops are still green and growing, and we have barely put a dent in the woodpile at the farmhouse. Harvest work is so much more fun when there is warm sun on your back instead of sleet.
We got the rest of the carrots in and stored this week. It was a bountiful haul of well sized, straight, sweet, bright orange roots. Our method for harvest is to carefully double plow the rows, using the horses and the walking plow. The first pass, on one side of the row, tips the carrots out of the ground. The next pass, on the opposite side of the row, flips the carrots onto their tops, so that if all goes well, all we have to do is pick them up, snap the greens off and put them into a bucket for bagging. It is so much easier and faster than digging them up with a pitchfork…” Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.