Did I write “welcome February” in my last post?

Ok, I’m totally rethinking that.

This is our first experience with sub zero temperatures for an extended period. I haven’t peeked beneath the row covers yet so I don’t know the extent, if any, of damage to our crops. Today at least the sun is shining clear and bright. Right now it’s 60 degrees in the high tunnels. We’ll know more on Friday when temps are forecast to be above freezing. Stay tuned…

The temperature at OakWoods Farm this morning February 16, 2021.

It’s also kidding season here at the farm. It seems like those babies decide they want to be born on the absolute coldest days of the year. Two hypothermia babies out of 11 and hopefully no more. They have both fully recovered and have been happily returned to their mamas thanks to Doug’s loving care.

Little doe born yesterday morning and her momma left her out in the cold. After warming her up, Doug gave her colostrum to give her some energy before taking her back out to her momma.

On the upside, the snow cover is providing much needed moisture for spring growth! And we’re seeding tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, scallions, onions, lettuce, kale, chard. Plus, cilantro, parsley and basil. We delayed transplanting seedlings this week due to the extreme temperature. We have a lot of work to do to catch up next week.

For Winter Farmers Market, it’s  too cold to harvest this week. We will be back at market (weather permitting) on Saturday February 27.

Stay warm and safe!


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