If you’re dyeing eggs, start with brown eggs to get these deep, bold hues #easter

If you’re dyeing eggs, start with brown eggs to get these deep, bold hues #easter

When New Englanders talk about loving winter, they are surely talking about skiing and lake fishing, but really they’re talking about how sweet the spring is after a winter like this years’. Sure, maple syrup is a big part of that sweetness, but wintered over parsnips might just be what they’re really thinking of. Their starches turn to sugars, enabling these beauties to hunker down under the deep snow. When the first warm days finally arrive, and I can work them up from the cold mud, then the winter seems worthwhile. We’ll have them @unsqgreenmarket on Wednesday April. 9.

When New Englanders talk about loving winter, they are surely talking about skiing and lake fishing, but really they’re talking about how sweet the spring is after a winter like this years’. Sure, maple syrup is a big part of that sweetness, but wintered over parsnips might just be what they’re really thinking of. Their starches turn to sugars, enabling these beauties to hunker down under the deep snow. When the first warm days finally arrive, and I can work them up from the cold mud, then the winter seems worthwhile. We’ll have them @unsqgreenmarket on Wednesday April. 9.

I like game of thrones as much as the next gal, but “spring is coming” has a sorta ring to it, no? My favorite sign so far: fiddleheads are pushing their little shoulders up!

I like game of thrones as much as the next gal, but “spring is coming” has a sorta ring to it, no? My favorite sign so far: fiddleheads are pushing their little shoulders up!

Happiness is a warm tomato seedling…
It’s been a frigid spring. We delayed starting up the greenhouse as long as we could, so our onion and celeriac seedlings are a bit smaller than they usually are this time of year, but the foot dragging stops when it’s time to start the tomatoes. we are committed to burning wood to heat the little guys, rather than propane. Our wood stove has a thermostatic blower, so it never gets below 70 during the day, 50 at night. I heard someone estimate that they were spending $120 a day in March to heat their tomato plants! That’s a tough way to start the season… Not to mention that’s a lot of fuel.

Happiness is a warm tomato seedling…
It’s been a frigid spring. We delayed starting up the greenhouse as long as we could, so our onion and celeriac seedlings are a bit smaller than they usually are this time of year, but the foot dragging stops when it’s time to start the tomatoes. we are committed to burning wood to heat the little guys, rather than propane. Our wood stove has a thermostatic blower, so it never gets below 70 during the day, 50 at night. I heard someone estimate that they were spending $120 a day in March to heat their tomato plants! That’s a tough way to start the season… Not to mention that’s a lot of fuel.

Unpacking after the first day of work at the new farm: Chainsaws, chipped felling wedges, thermos, snowshoes, and very tired farmers… At least it got above ten degrees…

Unpacking after the first day of work at the new farm: Chainsaws, chipped felling wedges, thermos, snowshoes, and very tired farmers… At least it got above ten degrees…

Our little slice of snowy paradise. Sledding and wiffle ball on the new farm.

Our little slice of snowy paradise. Sledding and wiffle ball on the new farm.

What do you do after you close on your first farm? Walk across the street for a little beer and bubbly at American Flatbread. We’re landowners!

What do you do after you close on your first farm? Walk across the street for a little beer and bubbly at American Flatbread. We’re landowners!

Elderberry GINger and tonic with key lime… With organic elderberry ginger syrup from the Farm Between. Amazing.

Elderberry GINger and tonic with key lime… With organic elderberry ginger syrup from the Farm Between. Amazing.

Wish I could post a smell… Lamb breast braised in turkey stock. Farm raised.

Wish I could post a smell… Lamb breast braised in turkey stock. Farm raised.

#kale seed crop failure! CA drought! Worried about your 2014 kale supply? join your CSA today! http://ow.ly/tobEZ

#kale seed crop failure! CA drought! Worried about your 2014 kale supply? join your CSA today! http://ow.ly/tobEZ