first day of winter (time to harvest carrots, of course)

A Chinook started blowing in yesterday.  It was 47 degrees at 7:00 this morning.  Most of the snow has melted.  And there’s mud everywhere.

The chickens have been thrilled by the warm(er) weather.  They came into the garden almost immediately this morning and were busy, busy, busy.

There were two patches of carrots that never got harvested this fall.  (Side note: don’t you love the passive voice there??)  The cold and snow came early this year so we ran out of time to harvest the last of the late-season vegetables–carrots, beets, kohlrabi.

Some of the carrots were sticking out of the ground a bit this morning thanks to almost a month of frost heaving.  I harvested a few to see if they were still edible.  Yup! 

So, in pjs, wellies, and my farm parka–it’s definitely the farm parka now given the dried corn bits in the pockets, and dirt (and undoubtedly chicken poop) on the front–I decided to harvest the remaining carrots this morning.  The chickens tried to help: following me around, pecking at the ground (and the growing mound of carrots), walking over said pile of carrots…  It was muddy, dirty work, but it was really nice working in the garden on the first day of winter.  And my allergies weren’t even acting up despite the quick thaw.

I harvested almost half of a “bark bucket” of carrots!  Alas, I don’t know how many gallons these plastic bins contain.  Somewhere between 10 and 20 gallons.  I’m also not sure if all the carrots will fit in the fridge, but it’s a nice problem to have.

Happy first day of winter!

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