Happy Winter Solstice!

We wish you all health and happiness on the longest night of the year.

We took a break from harvesting this week, to have a chance to rest, and get ready for family celebrations. Also to reflect, and start planning the year ahead. I’m taking some big, deep breaths. So much was built, so much was planted, we had not enough help, so many weeds, so little rain. But we got through it, and will be better off next year. Our irrigation pond was so filled with muck from years of neglect, we had to have it dug out. An expense we hadn’t planned on, but it was worth it. Since then, Matt has been taking stones from the field and piling them up near the outlet.

It’s looking nearly ready for skating on now.farm-pond

And as the sun returns we will be using it to power our high tunnel and greenhouse fans and a new cooling shed for our vegetables. We were one of 3 farms to receive grants from the Rhode Island Farm Energy Program; a link to a nice ProJo article about that is here.

Here’s the sun today, barely shining through the clouds, almost done with us at 3:30 pm.winter-solstice

I’m home, getting ready to make a fire and burn off this year’s struggles. Then make wishes for the days ahead. I hope to hear from you. If you plan to join our 2017 CSA, join as early as you can! Info about that is here. Pricing this year is an effort to encourage you early birds! And folks who are interested in buying shares as a gift for the holidays.

If you are interested in a work trade, or want to share with me some of your favorite vegetables (as we are starting to get our seed catalogs now)  shoot me an email at redplanetvegetables@gmail.com.





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