Hello again from snowy-icy Corey Lake Orchards. I should have know something was going on when I opened the farmer’s almanac calendar this year and this is what was on January 1: “Year of snow, crops will grow.” For all of you who are getting tired of the snow, please realize that it is very good for our soil….so we’re hoping for a warm, gentle–controlled thawing in the spring….that allows our trees, vineyards and plants to absorb the moisture into their roots, and thus, get off to a great start for 2014!
This amount of snow has certainly caused us to be creative about how we get through it to trim the grapes. We have tried moving it, packing it down, going over it with snowmobiles, snow blowing it, and still have parts of vineyards where the snow is so deep that none of these work. Thankfully our crew is persevering and we are getting the job done and haven’t lost too much time yet this winter.
Our greenhouse tomatoes are planted!! To be honest, we had to do some serious thinking about starting the greenhouse up this year, given that we heat it with propane. But we are as anxious as you are for a good-flavored tomato. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can get propane and afford it!! It would be really nice if Mother Nature could give us a little solar powered heat by having the sun around more often! So….only 86 more days until the first BLT of the year!
We have been busy planning for the year, attending educational seminars, doing annual maintenance and working in the orchards and vineyards when weather permits. This cold weather has given us extra time for R&R either sitting by the fire or on sunny days–in a lawn chair out in the greenhouse–where it feels like a mini Florida vacation!
We are wondering if you would share some pictures with us? We belong to the Michigan Agri-tourism association which is having a contest with their members for pictures to put on the 2014 directory cover. If you have some family photos taken on our farm that you would allow us to enter in the contest, we would really appreciate it. Just email them back to us with permission to use.
We hope you are enjoying your winter. I’ll leave you with the Farmer’s Almanac quote for February which says: “If February is cold, the summer will be a nice one!!” We’ll take it….everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is looking forward to seeing you soon.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards