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Farm News for Saturday, January 6, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM STORE

notes for the week of
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
on Instagram@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello to all!

The black raspberry canes in our berry garden this afternoon, enjoying the sun on an 18-degree day.

On-the-farm ...
Well, first off, we had a wonderful holiday. Got to see and spend time with friends and our two out-of-state chillens, ate lots of good food, drank lots of good drink, rested, enjoyed each others company, and saw the new Star Wars movie. How about that! (We get to the movies about once a year, so we're covered for 2018 now.)

Other than that, the big deal has been the cold. New Year's Day we woke up to 6 below. We've had zero several mornings now, and this week is supposed to get colder still. As for coming down on Saturday, we will -- of course -- but Friday night is supposed to be our coldest night yet; well below zero. Thank goodness our truck has a heater in the back!

[photo] This is the last hill we have to descend before getting home, taken the last Saturday I came back from DC. Leaving in the morning I ran chains up the hill, coming home I just slipped and skidded my way down.

Our upcoming schedule ...
is every-other-week from here on out, specifically

  • Jan. 20; Feb. 3 & 17; Mar. 3, 17 and 31; Apr. 14 & 28; and May 12 & 26.

Mark your calendars!

Sam and I spent the day before Christmas splitting and stacking this wood for y'all. It's in our Tractor Shed, under cover.

This week is sort of special for us, as regards produce. How cold is it? It's so cold we don't have one leafy green thing to offer you from our 2 high tunnels or greenhouse. With the cold we've had, we had to turn the greenhouse heater off, as we could practically watch the needle on the propane tanks go down. Evidently most of our other farmer-friends are experiencing the same thing, as only one has been willing to keep his heat on. Amazingly, the herbs and greens in our tunnels seem to be tolerating the cold (as low as 5 degrees!), but it's supposed to not get above freezing between now and the time we need to pack your orders, and it doesn't work to harvest them while frozen. Strange indeed. We don't think that's ever happened to us before in the 14 years we've been coming down in winter!

This week's produce ... (new or back)

  • Greens: cabbage, chard, microgreens and shoots (pea & sunflower). For some reason, that just made me think of a great book, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves." You remember: a panda walks into a bar...
  • Veggies: beets, carrots (orange & purple), garlic, horseradish, kohlrabi, onions (yellow & red), parsnips, parsnips (& soup kit), dried cayenne peppers, potatoes (red, gold, purple & fingerling), winter radishes (incl. watermelon), roasted roots pack, shallots, sunchokes (plus our sunchoke refrigerator pickle pack), sweet potatoes, turnips (& soup kit) & winter squashes (acorn & butternut).
  • Herbs: cilantro, lemongrass (including our freezer-pak), parsley & rosemary.
  • Tree fruit: apples & bosc pears (only second-quality are left now).
  • Eggs
  • Cheese & butter
  • Preserves
  • Firewood

Guess that about wraps it up for now. I pasted a few pics of the holidays down below. Good times!

Thanks for your support, and again, Happy 2018!
Randy, Chris & Sam

The "kids," Sam, Anna & Jack, in cheerful spirit(s).

I caught this full moon shot on NY eve, just after doing the chicken chores, and about half an hour after I sent you all our "Happy New Year" wish. Wish I'da waited a half hour!


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