Market Gardening and Life at 7000 ft. in the Rockies of Colorado

Friday, April 15, 2011

Still Snowing!

Well folks, it's still snowing here in the Yampa Valley. The ski hill may be closed but winter is not through with us yet. Steamboat closed on April 10 with a record 138" summit base. The snow total for the season was 433" at mid mountain. Not to shabby! No epic deep days to speak of but plenty of powder days to keep us hounds happy. In farm news we've received most of our seeds and have started some inside. Flowers, tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Seven new Ameraucana pullet chicks are growing up quick to replace our bear losses. Still about 30" of snowpack on the garden but its meltin' fast. Hopefully we can get the green house cover on this week to hasten the meltoff inside. Hope to be able to work the ground in the field by May 1. Going a little bit bigger this year as we're doing two Farmer's Markets, Steamboat and Hayden, and hoping to supply a few local restaurants with various crops throughout the season. All our laying hens survived the winter. We had several nights with temps dipping below -40F. Just a lot of planning, dreamin', and schemin' going on right now. Town is mostly deserted as most folks have headed out to the desert for a couple of weeks. I bet Moab is hopping right now. Well got to head to town to file our taxes. Hopefully the appropriations committee will do something appropriate with them this time! Later.

1 comment:

  1. That negative forty should be cold enough to kill some pine beetles?

    I am glad your chickens survived the winter. How do you keep predators from chomping them?

    Hope the farmers markets are successful this year for you guys.


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