What’s been going on!
Wow, what a start to the New Year and our 36th season. Betsy and I left on Thursday before the first weekend in January for our annual Southern Foodways Alliance gathering knowing that there was a winter storm coming our way but the forecast was for only 1-3 inches of snow. Eight hours later when we arrived in Tennessee the potential had blown up to a possibility of 10 inches! In the end Jennie did a great job preparing for the storm and in keeping the tunnels clean of the eventual 4-5 inches of snow and sleet but our fingernails got shorter in the interim.
As we returned we had to do further preparations for the two nights of single digit temperatures. For the most part the crops inside the little tunnels survived well but the last of the outdoor crops are toast, melting masses of vegetation in the 70 degree days that followed. We have been busy both in the greenhouse and in planting the first of the lettuces in the tunnels just yesterday.
Jennie will be at market on Saturday while Betsy and I will be in Washington for the Women’s March. I have never used this space for any kind of political messaging, feeling strongly that the intent of this newsletter is to let you all know about life on the farm and what it takes to do this thing we love. Suffice it to say that we feel like many of the things that we have worked hard for over the last four decades are in danger and we now must be vigilant.
Picture of the Week
Newly planted lettuces and more beds ready to go
What’s going to be at the market?
Not a lot to offer after several nights at 6 degrees but a few nice things.
Radiant crepe paper like Anemones to brighten our days!!!
Some nice small heads of Little Gem and Summer Crisp lettuce. Cilantro and Italian Parsley. A bit of Kale and some Japanese Turnips. The last of the Butternut Winter Squash and Turmeric.
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. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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