The ground is fully saturated after all that lovely rain. The wind was wild but we did not have any downed trees, just a lot of laid down grass. I love to notice that patterns in the grass after the storm, the tall grass flattened and the shorter grass sticking up. The taller grass is hiding the puddles now. When you look out in the fields, you think that most of the water has been absorbed, but when you walk through them you realize how much is still on the surface.
We cut back the herb garden last week. The picture above is quite a contrast to the summer time; you can only see the green grass, all the herbs are dormant! When I walked out there this morning, the garden was full of birds, feasting on all the worms and bugs that came to the surface.
The tarragon is starting to grow again. The leaves on the buckeye tree behind the office are just opening; their color is almost fluorescent. We also hand weeded the garlic last week. It was quite a task, as the roots are almost impossible to remove. However, it is nice to be able to see the garlic sprouts again.
Stella and the sheep came in the barn for the storm as they were grazing in the wet lowland areas. The main herd was fine on higher ground. After 4 days in the barn, Stella and the sheep are desperate to be back out.
Walking the drainages is the perfect antidote to 4 days inside, due to sickness and the rain. Having running water on the farm is a treat!
For this week, here is the list for sale:
- Purple Top Turnips
- Winter Squash
- Watermelon Radish
The fennel, 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.
Jeanne Schrim has kindly offered to lead the craft this week. She will be making paper stars.