Last week’s cold winds and blowing snow seem so happily far in the past. Brad and I spent Thursday evening up through Saturday working in circles. Morning chores stretched almost directly into afternoon chores with all of the extra feeding, watering and collecting of eggs every few hours to keep them from freezing in the nest boxes. Following the sudden and intense warm-up Monday the barnyard and pastures have been reglazed with a nice smooth coating of glass. Perfect for little hooves to skate around on. We are doing our best to clean-up the pathway into the CSA room for this evening, but please be careful when you are moving around outside.
We have attached some handles to the big sliding door, to make it easier to let yourself in and out of pick-up. And have been working on an indoor veggie washing station in the cellar. Last week proved too great a challenge for the outdoor washing sinks and hoses. If all works well, we will have cleaner root veggies tonight. The warmer weather has also been just warm enough to free the kale stalks from their blocks of ice. The leafy greens are still holding their texture nicely when thawed out and have a delightfully sweet, fresh flavor to them in this snowy season.
In the Farm Share
In the veggie share: Kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnips, leeks, potatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, beets, parsnips, celeriac, dried sage, wheat berries, whole wheat flour and black beans.
In the meat share: All cuts of pork and beef, half and whole broiler chickens in the freezer. Lard and leaf lard are available.
- Full and By Farm: Faring Well in the Cold (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Frozen on the Farm (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Finishing Regular Season Share (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Rejoicing in Light (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Readying for Winter (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)