Well we lucked out Saturday and missed the snow by hours (although Sunday at Dupont wasn’t as lucky!). Thanks for coming out and hording! We did run out early of a few things (sorry about those handpies, 90 of which sold out by 10am!). But mostly we were able to save you from starvation while you were snowed in for a few hours, (maybe).
Hey, have you noticed those beautiful heads of lettuce and other greens we had the last couple of weeks? Most of them were organically grown by us in our “high tunnels”, and this week we’ll have even more.
“High tunnels” are what we growers call the latest technology for winter farming. They look just like greenhouses but have no source of heat other than the sun. So there is no expenditure of energy. During the day the atmosphere in the tunnel warms up dramatically—70 or 80 inside while it’s 20 or 30 outside— just from the sun coming through. Then at night it might go down to zero outside but we pull a cover over the growing plants and the heat stored in the soil keeps everything safe. Last winter we had several days below zero and yet the crops were fine. Amazing!
We have four of these structures, amounting to possibly a fifth or sixth of an acre. Not a lot of space but we go to great lengths to use it efficiently, and that’s why you see all those beautiful greens in January.
Come out tomorrow and check them out!