Saturday, December 19, 2009

2009-2010 Winter Season, Week Three

December 19, 2009

This week's harvest:

Hakurei salad turnips
Gold Ball turnips
Yukon Gold potatoes (some red ones, too)
sweet potatoes
butternut squash

This week's farm news:

The days are like a blink right now. Here we are just a few days from the Winter Solstice already! During this darkest time of year there's not much time for anything during daylight hours. (Especially when it rains all day long, like it did on Friday.) At least that's how we often feel!

We did manage to get the squash moved over to the house from the barn so that they wouldn't freeze. Since our interns are gone, there's no one to keep a fire going in the barn - where the squash had been. So now we have some new roomates in our new bedroom - several hundred butternuts! We also rendered the lard from our hogs this week. We see many delicious pie crusts in our future! And every year the kids & I tap our sugar maple trees. It's a little earlier than usual but we missed a good sap run last December so we went ahead and did it this week. Now we've got big pots of sap cooking down on the stoves. Now if we just had a good snow we could really hunker down in our cozy cabin, surrounded by our stored food, and experience winter! Happy Holidays!

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