Past Notes from The Currant Farm
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Happy vernal equinox! The first day of spring here on the farm was greeted with 5” of snow. I keep a journal from year to year and last year this timethe forsythia bloomed on the 20th of March, the birch catkins were out and willows were green. The grass was 50% green and the wild onions were fully up. The temperature was in the mid-seventies all week
As I write this, we’re easing into another February deep freeze. Wind chills today are not expected to get out of the teens here on the farm.
The quiet of winter has descended upon the farm once again. Early mornings are silent, devoid of the cheery songs of birds gratefully greeting another sunrise. The evening darkness comes quick and early now without the accompanying ballads of insects and frogs. And as the nighttime temperatures plummet with the setting sun, the only sound left to keep me
It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to pen a Notes from The Currant Farm. Fall can get pretty busy here on the farm and this year it seems we’ve been behind since the spring. Winter doesn’t care if you’re not ready.He’s on his own schedule and whether were ready or not he’s on his way, so getting ready takes precedent over everything.
The harvest is finished for another year. Currants, like many berries, are harvested in the summer and it's a bit of a frantic time because often the temperatures exceed 90 degrees during harvest....
Spring has come in on the same rails as winter rode out. Temperatures often exceed 60 degrees and things are predictably early.
After a very strange 2011, weather wise, 2012 seems to be starting out on the same path.