The news of the day is cold. Really cold. Really, Really Freaking Cold. Last night, the temp was 22 degrees (but felt like -20) with a wind advisory. No biggie. With the partial sun, the unheated high tunnel was stable at 50 degrees. It’s what was going to happen last night that was the real gamechanger and had us biting our nails and eating Girl Scout cookies. A low of 7. SEVEN. And knowing today’s high was forecast to be 17 with a 4-degree night—and more 40 mph wind gusts—we knew we needed to prepare.
We supported the single layer of plastic on the tunnel with two-layer poly low-tunnels we constructed. We added all the extra blankets from the house and propane and diesel heaters were at the ready. By morning, it was 2 degrees outside and 27 in the greenhouse. But temps hit 68 in the high tunnel today even though it was only 9 degrees outside.
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT, FOLKS! Gotta love Mother Nature. And friends—a very special thanks to our kind friends Bill and Julie, who pitched in to help us prepare!
Our Winter CSA is full (and so are our hearts!) and so registration is now closed. We thank y'all so much for your support!
One calico momma cat and three six-month-old warrior cats—named Tippy, Aria Underfoot and Blackie—were added to our farm family recently. Their primary role will be companionship...and their hatred of rodents. Two mice were captured by the young ones in the barn within ten min of their arrival! #survivalofthefittest #sorrymice #everyoneworksonthefarm #PKF
Cinnamon rolls were delivered to our CSA members Christmas week, including Christmas morning, since Tuesdays are one of our delivery days. Needless to say, there were a whole bunch of happy shareholders! #yum #gooeygoodness #PKF #powderkegfarms #chefswhim
THANK YOU sincerely to those who worked with us for the first 17-week CSA trial and WELCOME to all of you joining us for the 13-week winter season!
Think our CSA goodies are just for adults? Think again. One of our Winchester customers sent us these pictures of Natalie and her brother David showing just how much they enjoy the variety of foods we lovingly prepare on the farm and deliver each week to CSA share members. Don't miss out...the Winter CSA still has room for a few sign-ups! #powderkegfarms #CSA #allthegoodness
Who doesn't love micro greens? They are delicate, tender and mild—but don't be fooled as these little vegetable sprouts pack a nutritional punch! Whether you're throwing them in a salad, tweezing them onto your fine dining entree or just eating them for a snack, we've got you covered. #powderkegfarms #microgreens #buylocal
I'm not sure any words are needed. Look at all these amazing crops thanks to our high tunnel! I'm in awe...and can't wait to share it with you! Winter CSA starting January 1 if you missed the post. Jump in! #powderkegfarms #eatyourveggies #getsome
Our CSA fall trial was a hit, so we're going to keep it rolling! Sign up now for the Winter season, which begins on January 1. This is not your ordinary CSA offering—which, let's face it, can be a combination of daunting, disappointing or spot on. Ours comes not only with fresh veggies and eggs that we're growing on the farm, but also baked goods, sauces, soups, relishes—whatever the chef is inspired to do. Come on over and check out all the information—and the rave reviews!—at our CSA page on the website. But don't tarry...spaces are filling up fast!