What’s been going on!
Closely watching the creek and river levels, so far so good. Who knows how much rain we have had over the last 24 hours but fortunately almost no ice. Like everyone else we have really been looking forward to the warm and sunny weather starting tomorrow, particularly so we could get caught up on planting but now are not sure when we will be able to get back into the fields. As it is we have delayed planting many of the direct seeded crops like spinach and beets because the soil temperatures have been so cold that we would potentially have really poor germination especially in wet soil and now we will have to hope the winds pick up some early in the week to help dry the soil out.
We did manage to get the first beds of lettuce in the ground as well as 7000 out of the roughly 13,000 onion and leek transplants. Otherwise we have been pretty successful in whiling away the time on indoor pursuits and various travels while we wait for the weather. January was really busy starting with our annual Southern Foodways Alliance Fellows event in Tennessee. Betsy had to fly out of Knoxville to be able to attend the Gathering of Agrarian Elders in California, a really unique opportunity to meet with a number of the leaders of the local/organic food movement. You may have seen the article in the NY Times.
I barely got home and had to turn around and go to Mobile, Alabama to give several talks at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups conference. A few weeks home and then February started off in West Texas with a long walking trip in Big Bend National Park (it was cold there too). Back just in time for the big snow storm and off again to the Georgia Organics conference to teach some more. In between all of this have been lots of meetings, teaching the community college class and other workshops around the area. So you don’t think we just have Jennie out here taking care of things, she also slipped off to visit a friend in Hawaii for ten days. But we are all here now, pacing the floor waiting to get rolling.
Picture of the Week
The creek behind our house, roaring by
What’s going to be at the market?
We will be! but after the tremendous cold, as low as 2 degrees, it will be a while before we have a lot of product at market.
Betsy is back with amazing Anemones to brighten up the late winter house.
Carrots and Jerusalem Artichokes for those roasted vegetable dishes. Some Cilantro and Leeks.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie