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November 2016 Farmer Notes

November 2016 Farmer Notes

Opening stanza from Robert Frost’s My November Guest : “My Sorrow, when she’s here with me Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane.”   The wettest October we’ve seen here in the Valley has now run… Continued

October 2016 Farmer Notes

October 2016 Farmer Notes

A cloudy day from the porch…. Beginning here by following up on the end of last month’s Farmer Notes…The weather has been far more conducive for eating than ‘being out on the land.’ If not the wettest Methow October to date, it has to be close. I’m sitting here in the kitchen listening to the… Continued

August 2016 Farmer Notes

August 2016 Farmer Notes

Sam inspects Einka sun-curing in our Big Valley Field The heat is on… again. After a hot spring and a much cooler and moister July than usual, August has finally shed the last (hopefully) of the thunderstorms, heavy rain, and hail and has come off cooking the way we think of August.  Each day this week… Continued

July 2016 Farmer Notes

July 2016 Farmer Notes

Sitting here in the kitchen on a Sunday: Mid-day, mid month, rain falling, a cool breeze thru the screened windows, 65 degrees. This sums up how different this July has been for us here in the Methow; certainly in comparison to the past two years.  There are lightening flashes and thunder;  I’m hoping the moisture… Continued

June Farmer Notes

June Farmer Notes

The long June light brings the world alive and each morning as I sit and sip on the porch, I try and decide which birds are the noisiest that particular morning because it does vary. One day I’m sure it must be the swallows; the next day house wrens. The quail start early along the… Continued

May Farmer Notes

May Farmer Notes

That fast, another month gone by!  A very busy month for birds; just as busy for farmers. That fast, we’ve sped up 3 weeks and are on par with last spring when we estimated “everything” to be 3 weeks early.  It has been more of a scramble this year because we had – key word… Continued

April Farmer Notes

April Farmer Notes

WOW… What a difference a month can make!  Just days after putting up the skis in late March prior to “Spring Break” our still chilly early spring disappeared. March went out like a warm, fuzzy lamb indeed. April arrived and no token snow-squalls came through, in fact, we never even experienced a frost until last… Continued

March Farmer Notes

March Farmer Notes

Twenty -three years is a short time. Yet, entering my 23rd spring here in the Methow, I can say I’ve never seen as much water as we have here in mid-March. The snow and rain storms have continued on as this very moist cycle in the West reaches its fourth month. This is a true… Continued

February Farmer Notes

February Farmer Notes

By Sam Lucy Enough of a winter here in the Methow that we skipped right over January notes. Surely, everyone noticed? Indeed, we’ve enjoyed (mostly) as long of a wet cycle as I can recall beginning, really, back in late October and running on until now, mid-February. Lovely snow fall has turned to rain, icy… Continued

December Farmer Notes

December Farmer Notes

And the lovely November rains soon turned to snow as Thanksgiving neared.  Enough snow to cover the tan grasses and open up the ski trails. Early enough so that I wasn’t too far off my prediction of an “early winter”. December has given us even more precipitation during the first half with a week-long storm… Continued

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