The cows are basking in the sunshine and lengthening days. When I went to visit them, everyone was relaxed and eating. They are still furry with their winter coats but they are looking full and healthy, enjoying the green feed.
While there is plenty of work to be done in the winter, the sphere in which it occurs is much smaller. The animal chores are the same, but the rest of days are mostly focused around the barnyard, rather than the fields. We are in the office or doing construction, with the occasional weeding tasks. I am curious how that will change next year when we are growing year round. I am sure that we will spend more time in the fields, but I also think that it will still be less and different than the summer.
While I miss growing food and having members at the farm each week, I am so grateful to have this winter to just be here, to watch the plants and the fields, to think and plan.
The corrugated metal for the wood shop roof and the mobile chicken coops should arrive tomorrow. The wood shop should be done by next week. Then we can move on to building the chicken coop on the mobile home chassis you see above.
For this week, here is the list for sale:
- Purple Top Turnips
- Winter Squash
- Watermelon Radish
The fennel, broccoli, lettuce, and chard will be freshly harvested. The rest has been previously harvested and stored. We will also have potatoes and hakueri turnips available for free. When we are growing year round next year, we hope and will plan to be able to offer even more diversity.
For the activity, we will be doing a scavenger hunt again. No one had a chance to complete it last week. If anyone has craft and activity ideas, please let me know. I would be happy to hear your suggestions!
Let's hope it starts raining again soon!