The first seedlings of the year are huddled around the woodstove to gather heat to germinate–hoophouse tomatoes, onions and leeks should all be poking their heads up within the week. We have lots of great tomato varieties this year, including many heirlooms: Yellow Perfection, Moskvich, Amish Paste, Black Prince, Ukrainian Purple, Principe Borghese, Wapsipinicon Peach, Striped German, Brandywine, and Rose de Berne. In addition we will have some fun new varieties, Indigo Rose, Cosmonaut Volkov, Speckled Roman and Green Zebra, and some old stand by’s: Sungold Cherry, Big Beef, and New Girl. For descriptions of these varieties, take a look at our organic seedling page.
We are also gearing up for the sugaring season. The sugarhouse is cleaned up and organized, the evaporator is put back together, the lines are repaired and Steve has completed an expansion in the sugarbush to increase our number of taps. And the really exciting news is that we just finished tapping the trees! Our thanks go out to Pat, Ben and Anna, and Jeannie who came and helped tap over the weekend. With the funny winter we’ve been having, it’s hard to say what kind of a sugaring season it will be, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather settles in to some more typical winter/spring patterns. It looks like we could get our first good runs this week and start boiling.
We’ve expanded our herd of cows to 10 and a new batch of piglets will be arriving shortly. Steve will give you a more complete update on the critters when next he writes.
Soon we will be boiling sap, planting spinach in the hoophouse, starting lots more seedlings, and sending out our brochures for the upcoming season. We’ll keep you posted! — Sue