A pretty place to farm

I never cease to be amazed at how pretty this place is. Here we see Emily planting garlic on what is probably the last possible day. Several people I’ve talked to in town mentioned that they were looking at the weather report, feeling guilty that their garlic wasn’t in yet, fretting at the coming weeks of rain, and clearing their calendars. It’s funny to think of people all over north county all planting garlic simultaneously on Saturday, as though under some subliminal mind control waves.

cheery_JøtulSMIn the days since that photo was taken, the rain and cold have moved in, requiring us to light the wood stove in the house while we work. We’ve finally removed the old stove that came with the house, and saved it to use elsewhere (yet to be determined).  It’s a nice enough stove, but two years ago Emily scored a really sweet Jøtul Model 8 wood stove on craig’s list for about a thousand dollars less than new. This is our dream stove; we’ve loved it ever since we used one in a friend’s vacation home in Door County, almost a decade ago. They are the finest of Scandanavian woodburning technology, both beautiful and extremely efficient. This one needs a little cleaning and a few parts replaced, but I can handle that.

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4 Responses to A pretty place to farm

  1. ChickenBrian says:

    The Garlic Planting is at Current location? Or are you planting something at Gravel Creek?
    Stove looks cool.

    • jim says:

      Worse! At a third location! hahahahha
      We have shut down the operation at the old place, and the new fields at Gravel Creek are not yet ready to receive tiny plants. But we had all this GREAT garlic seed that we couldn’t bear to see go to waste, so we planted it at a friend’s house about a mile away from GC.

  2. ChickenBrian says:

    I didnt think the valley looked right for old location. And thought looked More like GC, but the bedsand grass looked too set for GC.

    Is Ryan going to use the field at all for his own garden?


    • jim says:

      That’s a good question. We’ve been talking about it on and off; it seems a shame to let such nicely worked land go back to blackberries and weeds, but they have quite a bit of garden already (especially compared to their available time for such things). It remains to be seen. One thing we talked about was planting it as a little orchard. I imagine we’ll post the results as they develop!

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