As the chilling air, and frigid spring temperatures resists relinquishing it’s grip on what has been, and still is a long relenting winter, our hearts thump loudly for spring.
We spend our days inside, making soaps, syrups, and bitters, as well as outside, in the greenhouse, making soil blocks, seeding trays of onions, tomatoes, greens, and peppers. The spring sun fools us, as we step outside to do morning chores, only to quickly return indoors to thaw our working hands over the cook stove, and slide on another layer of woolen undergarments, before returning to work in the chilling temperatures, collecting eggs, filling water and feed buckets, and trudging across a the solid layer of ice that is holding our fields hostage.
The greenhouse is almost filled to capacity, as we sit discussing and brainstorming, while sipping hot tea at the kitchen table; How will we keep our seedlings alive, strong and healthy until the ice is greeted with enough warm days to thaw our fields? Will our babies, both plant and animal be hearty enough to withstand these subzero nights? When will spring finally greet us with her warm embrace?
As challenging as these unanswered questions, and stretches of unusual cold seem to feel, we are renewed each morning, as we wake, sipping our strong hot coffee, and slipping on an extra pair of thick wool socks, to be greeted by a mother sow, and her seven strong week old piglets, a high tunnel filling with vibrant spring greens, a strawberry patch peeking out from under our homestead tundra, and laughing children skating on our field’s perfectly smooth ice rink-yes, this cold reminds us just how sweet the afternoon sun will be!
See our 2014 Milkweed Farm CSA Application for more information