But winter apparently isn't done with us yet. More cold and wet weather is headed our way, continuing to delay our spring planting efforts. More rain every three to four days is keeping our farm an unplantable mud pit. We did manage to scratch up enough ground by hand to get your peas sown, but if we try to do the rest of the farm that way, it may take us until July or so. Debbie Roos, an NC extension agent, put together a great essay over here summing up the challenges of growing through this unusually cold and wet winter for all local farmers. It's definitely worth a read - with lots of photos!
Personally I think one of the bigger challenges of growing through any winter is simply figuring out how much we need to plant to get us all the way through the back half of the year until spring's earliest crops are ready to harvest. The bulk of the winter fare for your table is all planted in late summer, which means trying to guess a good six to eight months in the future. Factor in unpredictable weather, variable customer demand, and you just about need the powers of a fortune teller to make it to spring without a hitch, still carrying a good variety of seasonal produce.
Last August we planted more carrots than ever before - a full third of a mile of carrots! Half of those were orange carrots, but unfortunately we are sold out of orange carrots. I think some of you have eaten your full weight in carrots this winter! We do still have plenty of yellow carrots, and a good amount of purple carrots as well. These are just as sweet as orange carrots, and as you can see in the photo above, the purple carrots are actually only purple on the outside! Close your eyes and take a big bite...I promise you won't taste the difference!