The Weather Outside is Frightful… NOT

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

-Lao Tzu

Howdy, and happy December! What a way to welcome the first month of winter with seventy degree temperatures… huh?? I’m not complaining, but growing up a bit north of here in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., I was used to a little more consistent fall/winter weather by now. But hey, the warm front that passed through brought some much needed rain, and for that I am extremely grateful! AND, I was able to get half my fields worked up, bedded, and tarped just as the rains came in. Perfect timing!

Out in the fields, things are really creeping now that the field work is done until things warm back up again. We’re getting more and more nights below freezing, and, despite our efforts to keep the remaining veggies warm tucked in under row cover, I fear their end is imminent. But that’s ok, every farmer needs a little R&R before the next season, for life is about balance, and balance is extremely hard to find in the start-up phase of any young company. Which leads me to a little bragging, because I get to go spend five days in Maui next week! I’ll be thinking of you all, though, while I’m sitting on the beach sipping fresh coconut milk straight from the husk.

While the field veggies are almost at their end, our microgreen production here at home is picking up steam! We are now planting pea shoots, sunflower shoots, radish shoots, and a surprise variety every week, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Be sure to come get your hands on them this Saturday at the NoDa Farmer’s Market and the Winecoff Market. I’m also extremely excited to announce that our girls have started laying again! The nesting boxes were pretty bleak there for a little while, until I finally figured out what the problem was… they weren’t getting enough water from the new nipple waterers we installed for them! I feel terrible that this error wasn’t realized sooner, poor thirsty girls, but we have since put back their old waterers, and they are happy and healthy as can be, supplying us with three or four dozen eggs a day! Come get a dozen of these delicious, pasture-raised, non-GMO fed eggs at the market! Also at the markets, we’ll have lettuce heads, kohlrabi, arugula, lettuce mix, bok choy, tatsoi, and the remaining baby sweet potatoes we have in stock. Come out and see us from 9-noon!

I hope you all had a fantastic week. I know it’s hard to focus on the job around the holiday season, although I do recall all the goodies we would get delivered to the office from our clients and vendors. You all are more than welcome to give me any goodies you don’t want! Heck, I’d even be willing to trade ya! Have a great weekend, and a fantastic week to come. Peace!

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