“I realize I have led every recent farm note with a paragraph on the weather, but I’m going to excuse myself for the repetition because a) we are farmers and b) it is truly remarkable. The air temperature is 40 degrees as I type; the soil temperature is 43 degrees two inches down, 44 degrees ten inches down, and 45 degrees twenty inches down.
I walked out to the new field to see the garlic this week, and found it still growing, with good strong roots now and a little bit of a shoot. The cover crops are still gaining too; from the top of the sugar bush hill they make vibrant green patches in the dull and leafless landscape.
On the downside, I pulled a big fat tick off of Mary this morning. A tick! On December 18th! The forecast calls for a little freeze tonight and tomorrow night, but highs right back up in the forties. If this goes on too much longer, we’re going to get soft.
We have a large team on the farm right now and their extra hands, plus the fine weather, have allowed us to catch up on tasks that had been shouldered to the bottom of the to-do list…” Continue Reading this Essex Farm Note.