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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for February 1, 2019 -- Ways to Beat the Chill

Posted 2/1/2019 1:58pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  Welcome February!
BOOM!  And just like that, the first month of the year has whizzed by!  We are now at the half-way point to the Spring Equinox so the days are longer and the light is stronger. 

We are past the Persephone Period, that period of winter when there are 10 hours or less of sunlight.  This term was coined by Eliot Coleman, one of the heroes of the organic farming movement.  He characterized this concept of deep winter on Greek mythology.  If you are interested in seeing a great chart on daylength, sunrise, sunset and other interesting astronomical information by your location, this website is your source!

The longer, stronger daylight is really helping our seedlings pop.  The shallots, Tropea onions and leeks are poking up through the soil.  And the cucumbers and tomatoes will be planted next week!

 

No matter the temperature, there is always outside work to be done.  This week we are especially grateful not to be in the upper Midwest -- I'm not sure how we would cope with temperatures of minus 30 or lower.  But, as we discussed last week, the frozen ground can have advantages.  Ray was able to finish giving the garlic a topping of leaf mulch since the ground was solid.

These cold, mid-winter days continue to find us inside with our plans and seed catalogs (the Farmer's Wishbook!).  We also do a fair amount of cooking.  One of our favorite dishes is soup -- although we tend to make it very thick and chunky -- more like a stew.  Rachel Ray calls this a Stoup (thicker than a soup but not quite a stew).  One of her recipes that that has found its way into our repertoire is Stuffed Cabbage Stoup.   It's easy, filling and just the right amount of comfort for a cold winter's night.  Give it a try -- we hope you enjoy it!

Oh, remember last week's tomato?  It was delicious!

That's all we've got for this week.  Tomorrow is Groundhog Day!  What do you think?  Six more weeks of winter?  Does it count if a Donkey sees her shadow?

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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