Want to know the 10 day forecast, the highs and lows of a particular day, the time of day it will be the warmest, when the rains will begin? Ask a farmer.  Our work is so weather dependent, we plan our days based on the forecast and check our favorite weather sites  frequently.  This time of year gets tricky.  We really want it to be above freezing for vegetable harvest tasks and all jobs water related.  It’s not because we want to stay warm, we know how to dress for the weather, it’s just that we’d prefer the vegetables be thawed when we harvest them and the water in the packing shed needs to be able to flow.  This past week the highs peaked in the mid to high 20’s; we never even turned the water on.  We relied on the rays of the sun to shine on the kale and brussels sprouts, to warm them up a bit as we harvested, but we were shaking off the ice chunks as we harvested.  It’s peaceful this time of year.  We have a small crew of 6 people.  We spend time in silence as we harvest and play music in the packing shed to keep us going as our fingers and toes start to tingle.  We walk out of the packing shed in the dark each nite.   We’ve seen another season through and have our list of things that need to get done before everything freezes solid and we are forced inside to our offices for a few months. It’s all good.

Barb

Brussels sprouts harvest on Tuesday afternoon, the temperature peaked at 26 degrees.

Brussels sprouts harvest on Tuesday afternoon, the temperature peaked at 26 degrees.

 Brian, Eric,  Chris and Clara harvesting kale on Wednesday afternoon, it was a warm 28 degrees.

Brian, Eric, Chris and Clara harvesting kale on Wednesday afternoon, it was a warm 28 degrees.

 

A peek inside our cooler.  All of these vegetables were harvested within the past two weeks, washed and weighed.  Our job this past week was to bag them up to deliver in the Storage Shares.

A peek inside our cooler. All of these vegetables were harvested within the past two weeks, washed and weighed. Our job this past week was to bag them up to deliver in the Storage Shares.

Monday was really cold in the packing shed, 23 degrees to be exact, so we set up a table in one of our walk-in coolers in order to stay warm.  We don’t let the coolers drop below 32 degrees, and that feel really warm on a cold morning.  Eric, Brian and Elisabeth are bagging daikon radishes.

Monday was really cold in the packing shed, 23 degrees to be exact, so we set up a table in one of our walk-in coolers in order to stay warm. We don’t let the coolers drop below 32 degrees, and that feel really warm on a cold morning. Eric, Brian and Elisabeth are bagging daikon radishes.