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January 2014 ~ more wind and rain??

03/01/2014

We’re back doing the usual three markets a week following the Christmas break. Happy new year to all our customers and visitors!

Despite all the wind and rain the vegetable crops are growing well. Today we picked savoy and January king cabbages, red russian kale, Brussels sprouts, swede (both types), leeks, carrots and lots of salad. From the store shed came parsnips onions and potatoes. So Saturday’s market table with full of a fine selection!

This soggy weather isn’t much good for anyone, but at least the temperatures are very reasonable. The whole Christmas period has passed without any significant frost and not one flake of snow. I’d much prefer pulling on waterproofs and wellies to pick veg rather than trudge through snow or try to extract leeks from frozen ground. The soil is certainly saturated at the moment, but fortunately the farm is on top of a hill and there’ve been no floods. The gales have damaged the plastic sheet on a couple of polytunnels, but one of those was due for replacement anyway. So there’s a job for the next still, sunny day!

 

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