It is a peaceful time of year on the farm.
The vegetable fields are resting under their blanket of snow.
In the greenhouse the cats are loving the warmth and soaking up any sunshine we might get (which hasn’t been a lot this winter!).
Even Sage is content to sleep away much of her day, indoors.
But the time is coming! Despite the cold and snow, spring is about here.
Our planning for the upcoming season is complete. All the seeds have arrived. Supplies are ordered.
We’re ready to go!
The first vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) have been seeded in the small greenhouse and we anxiously wait for the first green shoots to poke through the soil.
That means we need to get the new plastic on our big greenhouse so it will be ready for all the seedlings. They will be moving here in about a months time. The outer layer of plastic blew off in a big windstorm last Easter. We removed the inner layer in fall and decided to leave the greenhouse uncovered until the spring. This allowed the soil to soak up the rain & snow all winter and be renewed.
The blackberries can be pruned and tied as soon as the snow has melted. Tracks in the snow indicate the rabbits have been checking the canes out – hopefully they have not caused too much damage?
On the marketing side of things, we are looking forward to the farmers’ markets we will be attending again this year.
Our CSA program is ready and applications are arriving daily. We are especially excited to be receiving so much interest from neighbours and people in our area. Information on CSA is available here – https://thiessenfarms.com/csa/.
We have enjoyed our quiet time – but now we’re anticipating an active and busy season ahead.
(Of course some of us aren’t quite ready for action yet!)