We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow on Monday morning. Taylor and I bundled up, grabbed Henry and headed out to the fields to make sure the chickens were doing alright. They’ve slowed down their egg production quite a bit with the shorter days however, we’re still getting enough to enjoy ourselves (not many to sell these days though.) The ladies greeted us and anxiously waited while we replenished their feed and water. After they were all squared away we investigated the greenhouses and did a brisk walk around the fields before heading back inside to stoke the wood stove and brew an extra large pot of coffee.
These dark mornings and chilly days sure have their perks. Yes, the air is harsh and the snow makes it harder to get work done around the farm but we happily invite the simplicity of sipping coffee and warming our hands and feet by the fire each morning. Most of the farm year is rushed and stressful so these simple moments are happy celebrations in our house.
Taylor spent the majority of this past week on the tractor clearing the property line and getting things squared away for the deer fence that we’ll start building in the next few weeks. We also spent a few afternoons lighting 4 different burn piles and organizing the barn with all of the winter squash, root veggies and potatoes that will keep us fed all winter long. These days the farm is weirdly quiet and somewhat peaceful. It’s a strange time of the year when Tumbleweed isn’t nearly as demanding and somehow encourages us to spend our mornings filling our coffee mugs up one more time before heading out for daily chores.
This weekend we have plans to make a large batch of winter squash soup to bring down to some neighbors who are in the middle of remolding their kitchen and don’t have a working stove. We’ll also be inviting those same neighbors over for the final burn pile of the season- which will include s’mores, whiskey and hot chili. An Evening around a roaring fire with good friends and tasty food sounds like a pretty good weekend to me.
I hope this weekend you all get to gather around the table and enjoy nourishing food with folks you’re stoked to be surrounded by. Cheers from Tumbleweed.