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Wrappin’ it up…

A poppy scheduled to overwinter flowered early only to freeze in this week's startling cold.
A poppy scheduled to overwinter flowered early only to freeze in this week’s startling cold.

The season is winding down here at Stonecrop. Today was the last day for wholesale deliveries. Saturday will be our last day at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. It always comes as a surprise: the painful hands in the cold water, the shock of finding the greens frozen in the morning, not ready for harvest.

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The cold makes everything more severe. The terraces sit stark in the hillside. The ground is unyielding. How will those plants I see ever survive months of this weather and thrive and provide flowers for the bride I met with this evening? Somehow it happens. So we’ll finish the last of our projects with the faith that spring comes again.

Bert preps the soil for the 2015 ranunculus crop.
Bert preps the soil for the 2015 ranunculus crop.

 

 

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The Watershed Moment

We returned to the Blacksburg Farmers Market last Saturday.  This year, we washed and bagged and stored all our goodies in the new washing shed.  What a difference.  Big things:  stainless steel tables, electricity, and a walk-in cooler.  Little things:  we raised the sink to save our aging backs, and an antique sound system that allows us to listen to our old tapes while we wash.  Biggest change:  the new space is directly below the farm saving us time, time, time and so much energy.

Look how much space we have.  Why this just might keep us farming another ten years.
Look how much space we have. Why this just might keep us farming another ten years.
We can be more organized than we ever thought possible.
We can be more organized than we ever thought possible.
Space and sunglight galore.
Space and sunglight galore.
I can't wait to fill it all up with the year's bounty and the packaging to get it all to you, our super duper customers.
I can’t wait to fill it all up with the year’s bounty and the packaging to get it all to you, our super duper customers.

Little guys…

Even though a lot of our time and energy is going into the construction of the as-yet-un-named washing shed, we have been working on a few things up at the farm.  Here’s the state of the Stonecrop report this week.

The "seedhouse".
The “seedhouse”.
Microgreens.
Microgreens.
Baby tomatoes.
Baby tomatoes.
Flats of flowers.
Flats of flowers.
In the big house there's baby spinach a growin'.
In the big house there’s baby spinach a growin’.
And the Stonecrop Salad should be ready for the first farmers market of April.  Cross your fingers...
And the Stonecrop Salad should be ready for the first farmers market of April. Cross your fingers…

Stonecrop Begins 2014 Season

8081We had less down time than ever this winter.  Bert, with assistance from brother David, has been working in the bitterest of temperatures building our dream washing “shed”.  The walk in cooler is almost complete.  The plumbing is being installed as I type.  We will wash your vegetables and fill those flower buckets in a fantastic new space.

8283I have had the luxury of working indoors… making the spreadsheets, planning out the crop rotation, putting in orders for supplies.  This week, I got to be outside too as the seeding season commenced.  There are two black dogs wandering the farm these days.  Walter keeps watch from his post on the hill.  Frannie stays by my side, shivering in the cold, making me think there really is a reason for dog sweaters.

8485The view is many colors of brown and gray.  I worry about those flowers that are supposed to come back after this fierce winter.  Stay tuned..

Winter workings on the farm