December Abundance

The greens in the high tunnel are looking great and I’ll be harvesting them for the holiday market this Saturday!!  You’re looking at collards, kale, arugula, a mix of salad greens, lettuces, tatsoi, and swiss chard.

december crops

The hardy crops outside are looking good as well.

red savoy cabbage

Plants never cease to amaze me.  We’ve had quite a few nights with lows in the 20’s.

late fall broccoli

We might even have some brussels sprouts soon.  Last week I cut off leafy rosettes at the top of each plant so they can put more of their energy into forming sprouts.  We ate these tops and they were SO good sautéed with a little bacon.  They were very tender and tasted brussels sprout-y.

brussels sprouts forming

Gavin has been working hard on the shed in every free moment.  He finished putting on the roof and west wall panels last weekend.

Finishing the shed roof

The center section of the west wall is a sliding door.

shed paneling work

It will be nice to store tools in here and not have to walk all the way over to the potting house.  Every little project like this gets us a little closer to being a more efficient operation.  It’s a slow process.

shed west wall complete

Gavin has decided to add-on to the structure by putting another small shed roof on each of the short sides.  They will be just the right size to keep the riding mower and the rotary mower out of the weather.

center panel is a sliding door

Other tasks this time of year include general clean-up.  I’ve been tackling weeding out the perennial crops… an ongoing process.  Gavin finished up with the field mowing, another project that has been looming.

new home for the tractor

This brush pile finally got burned on a wet, still December morning.

burn pile

With the shed at least at a stopping point, Gavin has started working on the construction of another high tunnel!

measuring distances

Yesterday in the cool drizzle we laid out the footprint.  It will be our largest house yet…

laying out the greenhouse

Meanwhile I have been spending a lot of time indoors creating spreadsheets for the garden plan and working on seed orders.  We hope to be more organized this year with our record-keeping.

Just a few more days of darkness until the Winter Solstice!!  We are filled with excitement for the coming year!  Hope you are too.  Happy holidays everyone!

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8 thoughts on “December Abundance

  1. Kevin Watkins says:

    Thanks for the great update. I always love your photos and your generally positive comments. I grow most of my own food and keep livestock and I know how wearisome and frustrating it can be sometimes but we do it because we love it. Keep up the great work. I hope to get down to Virginia to the farmer’s market to meet you guys someday. I also hope to get down to Polyface farm and see Joel Salatin’s creation, perhaps on the same trip. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays. Kevin

  2. Meredith says:

    Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment! You’re right, there are definitely a lot of challenges with this type of life work, but it is so worth it for the good food. Hope you can make it down to Virginia sometime!

  3. Brian & Mary Beth Duffy says:

    Hi Meredith and Gavin, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were great and you enjoyed your time in Virginia Beach and Lexington. Just thought I’d check in to see if you have any greens/lettuce/etc. available for sale. If so, will you be in the Forest/Lynchburg or other nearby area so we could meet you to pick them up? As you can see…Brian and I miss your delicious produce. 🙂 Thank you, Mary Beth Duffy H: 434-534-9695

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