“The old year had to be shoved out and the new one dragged in with great effort this year. Sorry to be out of touch these last few weeks. We are so glad to welcome 2014 with you, and are looking forward to the year with enthusiasm. The wonderful thing about farming is that each growing season is new in the same way that each day is new. Whatever mistakes were made last year are gone now, wiped clean by snow and cold. Seed catalogues arrived this week, their bright color pages full of promise. Soon we’ll start thinking about chicks, and sugaring, and getting the greenhouse ready for the first seeds. For now, though, we’ll enjoy the dark, the cold and the snow.
We got an inch of soft, fluffy snow this week, after several days of above-freezing temperatures. Incredibly, the warm weather was not enough to melt the thick ice on the farm roads, which has been causing pratfalls since Christmas. It did, however, warm the ice enough to make the snow stick to it and become much less slippery. That convinced me, yesterday, that it was time for a long morning’s farm walk, with Mary, who is now in that teenage half-pup, half-dog phase. She is turning into such a great dog. We saw all the animals and each sleeping field….” (Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.)
- Essex Farm: Calving (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Initiatives’ Holiday Projects (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Pastures Coated in Ice (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Thank You, Essex Blog Readers, Writers and Boosters (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Praise for Essex Highway Department (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)