Winter is settling in here...

Happy New Year from all of us at Whatley Farm!

After a relatively warm and sunny holiday season, winter is finally settling in here. Lots of ice on the ground and a few days where it looks like it won’t get above freezing. But the ducks are bedded down with straw in their hoophouse, and the greens are tucked under double row covers…and we’ll keep the home fires burning.

The new flock of ducks in their winter yard on the compost pad

The new flock of ducks in their winter yard on the compost pad

We are doing lots of planning for the upcoming season, including some exciting greenhouse efficiencies and improvements. In an effort to save on heating the airspace of our propagation greenhouse, we are designing a hydronic bench system, with hot water circulating right under the plants. And we are exploring using hot air tubes under row covers to blow air right next to young tomato plants, which could allow us to start them a month earlier and bring early tomatoes to market :)

A preview of what’s to come…

A preview of what’s to come…

And of course we are harvesting all the greens we can in any given week and bringing them, along with all kinds of other winter produce, duck eggs, and pork, to our markets every Friday and Saturday. Friday is the best chance to get greens this time of the year. We bring the largest selection there. On a sunny day like tomorrow is going to be, the greenhouse at the Midcoast Winter Farmers Market is the place to be:

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To our local friends, we hope to see you around! And all the best to all the rest :)

Ben and the gang