High tunnels are always an interesting topic around here. Last winter (2014/2015) we were outside in coveralls building high tunnels. In spring of 2015 we were hurriedly finishing everything up for the growing season, so we took a couple of short cuts on the high tunnels.
They should each have roll-up or roll-down sides, but some have been tacked up in a more permanent fashion. This winter we have been working to remedy this so that they are easier to manage.
The packing shed is getting quite a bit of attention this winter as well. Usually I am the one who gets frustrated with all of the mud and dirt everywhere. I know, it’s a an effort in futility – mud on the farm is more than a little important. But this winter, Ryan has been putting a lot of effort into cleaning and reorganizing the packing shed. So he is the one who doesn’t like it when I bring mud in on the 4 wheeler 🙂
This year we will be hiring another one or two full time workers to lighten the load of Joel, Joe and the summer crew. Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get a tan, or be outside more? If so, kill two birds with one stone and apply with us at Pekarek’s Produce!
Finally, we do this more than any other time of the year – we plan! And we plan and we plan and plan and plan and plan…. The spaghetti squash you buy in October or November was ordered in December of the year before. In January we thoroughly thought about where it would be planted, when to plant it, what we would plant next to it, where we would drive the four wheeler when we harvested, how and when we would water it and even how we would display it at market.