Windy Days Of January
Our first week of 2019 has been dominated with crazy windstorms leaving many trees and power lines down all over the valley. The mulberry trees in the garden lost a few large limbs, but thankfully the greenhouses and the tarp over our wash station have all remained intact.
Many folks have been without power this week, and while we are not at the height of our growing season, we are reminded with pumps, irrigation, greenhouse fans, coolers, ice machines and other major electrical needs how precious all of these resources are even in the dead of winter. The need for electricity to power light and warmth is vital in these still very dark days. Although the calendar is reading January, the fields are enjoying a warmer than usual air temp (low 40’s), and the kales have been showing visible signs of regeneration. We have been busy in harvest mode for most of our days as our crew is only three strong.
Our harvest list has three main crops—leeks, sunchokes and braising mix, and we’ll continue to harvest these for the next three weeks. Before we know it, we will be in greenhouse mode and working hard to get everything cleaned out and ready for our new season of seedlings and transplants. The days are filled with tranquility as our eagles sit side by side on the leafless trees, and the winds whistle all around. We encounter coyotes and elk much more frequently as our activity in the fields is much less and our days much shorter—our overlap with them is very high. We hope you are enjoying these post-holiday weeks engaging in hearty favorites while aspiring to lighten the fare and peek into spring.
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