Dang. I've missed a few weeks of posting! The cold, snowy weather is making my brain numb and time is melding together. I think everyone, especially farmers, are completely done with winter. Though we've only been farming for three years, it does seem like the weather has been extreme this year compared to previous seasons. Generally, we have a few nights that are super chilly but this year we've seen whole weeks of nightly temperatures in the lower teens. It even got down to zero degrees last week! We're constantly battling frozen water pipes and keeping the greenhouse warm for transplants and microgreens.
With our field crops done, we're busy with tending to spring transplants in the greenhouse. We have tons of kale, chard, cauliflower, broccoli and asian greens happily growing in their toasty home. As always, we have microgreens growing too despite the cold. It's been great to be able to sell them at market all winter.
We're hoping that there will be a break in the weather soon so we can get the fields prepped for spring planting. We need to lay soil amendments including fertilizers and lime in the plots. We also need to get our irrigation system up and running and start installing our cold storage. There's definitely a lot to do but I'm glad to get busier after a sleepy winter. I'm also can wait for warmer, drier weather!
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.