What’s been going on!
A great morning to be inside at the desk. It is nice to see snow again after last winter’s crazy warm and dry weather. My father always said if you really want to see the lay of a piece of land you need to walk it in the snow. He was right, it really brings out the contours and highlights maybe because it covers up a lot and it is all in black and white. Not much of a snow, maybe an inch, but a beautiful clear morning. This is the view from my desk, down through the woods to our bottom field.
Even though it was raining pretty good yesterday we harvested all the root crops as it was warmer than it will be today and if really covered with snow there wouldn’t be any way to get them out of the ground. This afternoon after it warms up we can get the leafy greens picked for market. Life of a farmer, one eye on the weather forecast (especially the radar) trying to make the best out of sometimes challenging situations.
We had a great weekend in Tennessee with the Barkers and the Southern Foodways Alliance folks. The Scholar in Residence this year was David Shields who, among other pursuits, is a historian of southern culinary food stuffs. He gave a talk on tracing the origins of old watermelon varieties grown for superior taste. Not that we have grown many watermelons in the past, he did have some seeds of old varieties for us to take home and try.
Too warm there too but it did allow for more outdoor activities than usual to go along with the cooking demonstrations and sumptuous food. Our fellow Fellows, Mark and Sherry Guenther of Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill brought their demonstration set up with mule drawn press and wood fired boiling pan. They are one of the leaders in the revival of Sorghum syrup, maybe the largest producer in the US and one of this year’s American Treasures Award winners. Sorghum syrup is not molasses which is a by-product of the cane sugar industry but is a milder syrup made from sorghum cane.
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